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J.HE publisher, editors 
and entire staff of THE HOLLYWOOD 
REPORTER send New Year greetings to 
the entire motion picture world and 
wish to acknowledge with sincere 
thanks the excellent support given this 
publication by the industry during the 
past year with the added promise of a 
continued and better service to that 


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Season's Greetings 






"Should Ladies Behave" 

Title changed from the 'The Vinegar Tree" 

"When Ladies Meet" 

M. G. M. 






The Power and the Glory 




The Cat and the Fiddle 


M. C. M. 


It Happened One Day 


M. C. M. 


In 1933 




INCE 1920 I have made an aver- 
age of thirty-six pictures a year — some 
years I have made as high as sixty pic- 
tures. 1933 is the only year in which 
I did not release any pictures. There- 
fore, it is with the usual motion pic- 
ture oddity that I should be writing on 
production in 1933. 

However, 1933 was one of the most 
eventful years that I can remember. 
The beginning of the year found the 
country in a very bad state economic- 
ally, and early in the year the dramatic 
bank closing brought the economic 
condition, which had been steadily on 
the downgrade since 1930, to its cli- 
max. The closing of the banks brought 
a strain upon the already-weakened 
finances of most of the motion picture 
companies that they were unable to 
face, and a fifty per cent cut was in- 
stituted. The wisdom of this has fre- 
quently been questioned, but the 
necessity was apparent. 

The N. R. A. law with its accom- 
panying codes for all industries 
brought about in due course an in- 
struction to the motion picture indus- 
try from the Government to codify its 
relationships between competing com- 
panies and between employer and 
employee groups. In an industry as 
diversified as this industry, represent- 
ing producers and distributors, major 
and minor; actors, stars, and bit play- 
ers; directors, great and small; writers, 
technicians, etcetera, it represented a 
task more difficult perhaps than was 
faced by any other industry and 
brought about, in my opinion, an un- 
fortunate drifting into individual 
groups which has weakened the motion 

picture structure as a whole. This is 
the first real rupture in employer- 
employee relationships. I regard this 
as one of the most serious happenings 
of the year. In the past, even during 
the Equity strike and other similar oc- 
currences, there has always been an 
undercurrent of extreme good will 
which has done much to preserve the 
future of the industry. 

Production-wise, this has been an 
uneventful year. It is significant that 
the National Board of Review, which 
has rarely included even one picture 
of foreign make in its selection of the 
ten best pictures of the year, has this 
year given thirty per cent of its votes 
to pictures made outside of the United 

Perhaps this lowering in quality can 
be laid directly to the financial strin- 
gency, as most of the large companies 
attempted to reduce in cost the aver- 
age picture they made, and to reduce 
in number the pictures upon which 
they would be called on to spend large 
sums of money. Unfortunately, there 
does not exist for motion pictures the 
steady demand that exists for bread 
and foodstuffs, and other articles of 
daily use, so that the theatres of the 
country have been faced with con- 
stantly decreasing audience attend- 
ance on all except the outstanding 
pictures. These attractions have done 
greater business in attendance than 
ever before. Whether that was due 
to the fact that the public is staying 
away from the average program pic- 
ture and is therefore hungry for enter- 
tainment when it arrives, or whether 
we have reached in the picture busi- 
ness the point already reached in the 
show business many vears ago when 
nothing but the outstanding attrac- 
tions would draw customers — but 
those in great quantities — I am not 

Personally, I do not care to prophesy 
but I certainlv believe it is safe to say 
that the motion picture industry is fac- 
ing a serious crisis if it cannot increase 
the number of outstanding attractions 
to be made in a year. 

I do not believe it is essential to 
spend great sums of money to make 
these outstanding attractions, although 
there should be no flinching from it if 
this is necessary. Outstanding attrac- 
tions have always been the result of 
interesting personalities — sometimes 
new, sometimes established — fitted 
with interesting roles in stories that 
are sincerely good and sincerely enter- 
taining and produced with the show- 
manship touch that distinguishes any 

product that sells, be it automobiles, 
ladies' dresses or motion pictures. 

While this problem is primarily one 
of the producer, and he should not 
shirk it, it also calls for very great re- 
sponsibility on the part of the star, 
director, writer, etcetera, and this re- 
sponsibility must be accepted in the 
spirit of cooperation that characterized 
the earlier days of the movies, when 
each year brought about a supreme 
advance in every aspect of the motion 
picture industry over the year previous. 

The year 1933 has been one of very 
few advances, although it brought 
about the fulfillment of the promise 
shown by three new stars — Katharine 
Hepburn, Mae West and Bing Crosby. 
Still, their discovery and first impor- 
tant advance was made in the previ- 
ous year. While 1932 saw the ap- 
proach to stardom of many established 
personalities, in addition to those 
mentioned, 1933 has given us very 
little in new personalities. This was 
the most serious defect of the year — 
for the discovery of new personalities 
and the retention and advancement of 
those already existing in the industry 
is the cornerstone of the industry's 
strength against depression. If there 
is a second cornerstone, it is the fine 
spirit of cooperation that has always 
existed between the employer and em- 
ployee groups. 

On the credit side for the year is the 
fact that most of the large and small 
companies, in spite of extremely diffi- 
cult financial crises they have had to 
overcome, still exist. Although some 
of the existing personalities have been 
seriously affected, box-office-wise, a 
number of them are greater than ever 
and most of them have retained their 
glamor for the public. Skillful, co- 
operative production can very quickly 
bring the industry back to its former 
high place. Every code and every reg- 
ulation should keep in mind this su- 
preme necessity. 

As Nicholas M. Schenck once so 
aptly put it, there is nothing wrong 
with the industry that good pictures 
cannot cure. 

of 1933 



HE moving finger of history will 
write 1933 as a turning point in many 
things. Certainly in motion pictures 
it has marked definite changes. 

Perhaps the most striking change is 
IN PRODUCTION. This was fore- 
shadowed last year when the great 
theatre chains were being split up, and 
1933 saw the studios swing wide to 
individuality. Today the INDIVID- 
UAL in Hollywood means more than 
ever before. 

Producers who formerly headed stu- 
dios and supervised from forty to sixty 
productions annually are now heading 
individual units and are producing 
from six to twelve pictures a year. 
When you see leading producers con- 
centrating on not more than a dozen 
pictures, a maximum of one a month 
instead of one a week, you may expect 
something. Men who in the past at- 
tempted to hold themselves responsi- 
ble for delivering one picture every 
week were killing themselves physical- 
ly. Scientists tell us that extreme 
fatigue creates an active poison in the 
blood. No one can work eighteen 
hours a day over long periods without 
destructive results. Men who a year 
ago were worn down with jumpy 
nerves are today smiling and ruddy, 
and are doing better work. 

In a sense, decentralization is a re- 
turn to the producing system under 
which the most successful silent pic- 
tures were made. That was the heydey 
of the independent producer who gave 
undivided attention to each individual 
picture and was often responsible for 

the money that went into it. Even a 
large studio in those days was usually 
headed by a single executive who exer- 
cised a general control much less ex- 
acting on himself than under today's 
conditions, and a producing unit con- 
sisted of a writer and a director held 
responsible for individual pictures. 
Talking pictures created the associate 
producer or executive producer, often 
a former independent producer, who 
now heads the unit, coordinating and 
controlling the vastly more compli- 
cated task of producing pictures today. 
The present trend toward units should 
restore one of the best values of the 
silent era, a small group of creators 
concentrating on each picture- 

A further swing to individuality is 
seen in the growing tendency to assign 
one writer to prepare a story for the 
screen. This is sound policy. It is 
obvious that the great works of writing 
throughout all literature, in the varied 
techniques of drama, novel, short 
story, history, biography and poetry, 
have been the creations of individual 
writers. The greatest music, whether 
for opera, symphony, dances or songs, 
has been written by single composers. 
Only when the individual is free to 
express what is in him does true crea- 
tion result. 

Another striking tendency of 1933, 
which became evident late in the year, 
was an increasing trend toward 
expression of public taste, as indicated 
by the overwhelming success of such 
stories as "Little Women" and "Three 
Little Pigs." Don't underestimate the 
story value of the latter — it is a well 
constructed fable, building cumula- 
tively to a major climax in which the 
villain gets his just deserts right in the 
seat of the pants, a moral that is point- 
ed and unmistakable. 

This swing of public taste toward 
normal is nothing new. After each 
disturbed period it always asserts it- 
self. As a matter of fact the real out- 
standing successes that last through 
the years are invariably based on sound 
values. So-called headline stories and 
other ephemeral reflections of the 
passing scene, unless also including 
something permanently worth while, 
are overshadowed when a genuine hit 
appears based on a theme that en- 
dures — such a picture, reissued, will 
still hold audiences long after the 
headline story, which has served its 
transient purpose, is forgotten. 

One might venture to say that a 
story with a soul is the best invest- 
ment. Only a limited number of such 
pictures are seen, because they are 
infinitely more difficult to make, but 
when one is successfully achieved it 
becomes part of the legend of motion 

An important factor in the past 

year has been the increasing recogni- 
tion of so-called STANDARD LITERA- 
TURE, stories which have been known 
long and favorably to the reading 
world, but which have been neglected 
by the screen. It is necessary to men- 
tion only a few to illustrate the point. 
"Litle V/omen" comes under this cate- 
gory. "Alice in Wonderland" for many 
years has rested on our library tables. 
"The Invisible Man" has awaited 
screen production for many a long day. 
Each one of these is strikingly differ- 
ent. None can be accused of copying 
another major hit or following in the 
train of a cycle. Perhaps we might 
search our library shelves a little more 
receptively and scan our newspapers 
less hopefully for a new twist on gang- 
sters or shady ladies. 

The year 1933 has been notable for 
TURES shown in this country. After 
many years of studying our methods 
England finally broke through and de- 
livered a resounding hit in "The Pri^ 
vate Life of Henry the Eighth" — a pro- 
duction that will compare favorably 
with our better technical work. True, 
a large proportion of the validity of 
this picture is due to the amazing per- 
formance and physical likeness of 
Charles Laughton, who sends you out 
of the theatre with the impression that 
you have actually spent an evening in 
the presence of Henry the Eighth. 
That is a true magic of drama — the 
creation of absolute reality in the mind 
of the spectator. 

PRODUCTIONS has occurred in 1933. 
Cut and dried methods have been 
rudely upset by many striking suc- 
cesses in a new vein. Noteworthy was 
the foreign-made picture "Be Mine 
Tonight." Another venture in a new 
field, "Flying Down to Rio," came so 
late in the year that results are not yet 
available. But it is safe to say that 
musical production methods never 
have had such a shaking up as during 
the past twelve months. 

There is no more reason for so- 
called musical cycles of plenty and 
famine than there is for any other cy- 
cles. If producers continue to strive 
for the new and unusual in musical 
production, music will always be with 
us, as it should be 

In general the major developments 
of 1933 in the production field of 
motion pictures have been construc- 
tive. They should bear fruit in future 
years in increased success and pros- 

The Year 






ELL, it all depends on how 
you'd like to take your "Review of the 
Year" — straight, or with a chaser. If 
you take it straight, it's a headache — 
no, a series of headaches. If you take 
the chaser, there may be a smile or 
two. Not many, y'unnerstand, but 
enough to take that bitter taste away. 

It goes this way, if we start with the 
straight doses — ■ What do we get? 
Omigosh, ogeeogosh, what do we get? 
Just taking a hop, skip and a jump over 
the files of Hollywood Reporter for the 
year 1933 we get something like this: 

. . . OH, HECK . . . AND SO ON." 

We warned you it was pretty nasty 
stuff taken straight. But you could 
have done worse. It wasn't all in 
CAPITALS. There's a lot of "10 per 
. "10 per cent of the 90 
' mixed up in that batch, 

cent cut" . 
per cent . . 

Or, if you still insist on downing it 

merely want to change 

try this from the head- 

straight and 
your brand, 



Then add your own summing up to 
that paragraph. We're busy at the 
moment, having been interrupted by 
a major executive who wants to deny 
something with his right hand on a 
Bible borrowed from the prop depart- 

But we've got some hundred proof 
stuff here we've been holding out on 
you. For you gentulmen of ol' Kain- 
tuck who like it real strong we pre- 
scribe this Headline Punch: 


And then you remember that cold 
gray dawn when we woke up and 
found the darn strike had been over 
for several days and we were too much 
befused to know it! 

That's what that hundred proof 
does to you. 

Now just take all these potions, mix 
'em together, down the mess from a 
thimble and what have you? The Year 
of Headaches. 

That's what it was. 

It's not a very enjoyable year to re- 

Unless you want to look at it this 
way: Most of us are still here at the 
old stand; doing a fairly good run of 
business; and gol durn it if it doesn't 
look as though there are some silver 
linings being hung out for an airing 
just over the hill in 1934. 

It was a year of major and minor 
headaches. One of the major-minors 
was the remarkable rise of the Acad- 
emy of the Motion Picture Arts and 
Sciences to undreamed of prestige and 
importance through its handling of the 
salary cut problems — and the over- 
night decline when it ran into the 
Code buzzsaw. 

Along the same line is the. terrific 
change in the status and importance 
of the unions in the operation of stu- 
dios. And one of the minor ones is 
the great mystery of the year — THE 

But take your "Review of the Year" 
with a few chasers, perhaps a drop or 
two of fruit juice to cut it, and maybe 
it won't go so hard. As we said, you 
may even get a smile. 

Try this batch of headlines: Dec. 3: 

RADIO." Then just close your eyes, 
twirl the pages between your fingers, 
and open them on January 5. You'll 

There's another of much the same 
flavor. On January 17 you can read" 
January 20: "NOW IT LOOKS LIKE 
WARNER AND FOX." And you can 
follow that merger trickle until you 
drown in the mess, if you care to. Per- 
sonally, we don't. A little of merger 
goes a long way with us. 

It's interesting, if you read each is- 
sue as though you were just learning 
these things for the first time, to know 
how many times Merian Cooper has 
been out of Radio. 

Players were cantankerous in the 
Year of Headaches. Constance Cum- 
mings started it just as theyeardawned 
by jumping the Columbia fence. Mar- 
lene Dietrich was sued by Paramount 
for $185,000 on January 2. (What 
happened to that suit?) George Raft 
ducked "The Story of Temple Drake." 
Sylvia Sidney caught a plane one night 
and wired the studio about her plans 
from Albuquerque. Ronald Colman 
said goodby to Sam Goldwyn. Gosh, 
was there something in the air? 

Every now and then, though, some- 
thing cheerful hits you between the 
eyes. On July 14, for example, we 
MIE GRAINGER." That's a good 
year's news for any company. 

But as you go further along you find 
that no matter how you have boasted 
about your capacity — you just can't 
take it. You approach August — and 
as early as the 9th you read: "First 
Meeting Called to Settle Industry's 

Huh? We knew that would gag you. 
There's too much of it. From that 
date on — code, code, code. Meetings, 
resolutions, denunciations, appeals — 
what have you? 

And just as the dear old cranky gen- 
tleman that was 1933 began to get 
tangled up in his whiskers we received 
a code. But can we bury it with the 
old guy? 

No, they've dropped it in the lap of 
1934 — with plans for a three months' 
investigation of salaries, statistics and 
plain and fancy picture facts. 

Omigosh, do we have to go through 
all that again? 







HE REPORTER has asked me to 
think aloud on production matters for 
this Holiday Edition. Since most 
thinking on production is LOUD, and 
since there is very little thinking any- 
way, this should be a very short article 
in very LARGE type. But here are some 
random thoughts on current produc- 
tion problems, prefaced with the usual 
introduction to nearly every statement 
at nearly every production meeting, 
"Throw me out if you don't like this 

Next to the "Throw me out" line, 
the one most commonly heard is, 
"Maybe I'm wrong." Three little 
words that have cost this business 
enough millions to refinance every ex- 
isting company in the industry. In a 
business as fluctuating, and as unruled 
and uncharted as our own, it may be 
costly and destructive to be too posi- 
tive or certain about anything; but, by 
the same token, it may be equally 
wrong and expensive to be quite so 
uncertain. Fifteen years ago, in the 
experimental stages of the industry, it 
might have been altogether proper for 
production executives, directors, writ- 
ers, players and cameramen to enun- 
ciate the "Maybe I'm wrong" theory 
v/hile going about their daily work — - 

or rather their daily studies of the 
business. But after fifteen years of 
silent picture experience, and five 
years of sound, there should be a little 
more conviction and a little less guess- 
ing than do prevail. A producer worthy 
of his hire should more often be cer- 
tain that a given principle of produc- 
tion is either definitely right or wrong; 
directors who feel eligible to trans- 
mute enormous investments into little 
pictures on a screen should not be so 
constantly perturbed by the thought 
that what they are doing is probably 
wrong; writers should by now have a 
little more certitude that a certain 
scene is good or bad, and cameramen 
should less often than is the case fail 
to control the mechanical factors that 
govern their work. I am allowing in 
all this rationalizing for the fact that 
ours is a creative work, and for the 
variable human equation involved; not- 
withstanding which, the doubts assail- 
ing every factor in every process of 
production have added no little to the 
present high negative costs, and the 
only way to reduce costs at a time 
when costs must be reduced — if the 
industry is to survive — is to reduce the 
degree and quantity of guessing, and 
to play down the "Maybe I'm Wrong" 
method of production. 


The recent bitter years have taught 
all of us to be more careful in the 
actual production of pictures, and to 
minimize waste. There is no doubt 
that every studio in the business has 
done a creditable thing in bringing lost 
motion and waste activity to a mini- 
mum of cost hitherto unknown. Yet 
there is also no doubt that much re- 
mains to be done, and I would gladly 
take as my compensation for a year's 
hard work the cost of sheer waste in 
any major studio. There are still se- 
quences being shot that any careful 
script scrutiny should disclose are 
either bad enough to need retaking be- 
fore or after preview, or that will be 
eliminated entirely or reduced to 
shorter length, because of footage. 
There are still sets being built, and 
photographed, with principals and ex- 
tras, that never even see a preview. 
There are still too many protection 
shots made at the price of longer 
schedules and greater final negative 
cost; and less guessing, or perhaps, 
better guessing, can eliminate most of 
these waste items. With no creative 
branch volunteering to accept less re- 
muneration, the only way for this busi- 
ness to go on is for everyone to save 
more than he is now doing all along 
the line. 

The great success of "Little Women" 
has made every one in production 
circles "clean-minded." Many of us 
are concluding that "Little Women" 
proves that the American public now 
wants only clean, sweet pictures. As 
well conclude that "State Fair" proved 
it only wanted rural pictures, that 
"Cavalcade" proved it only wanted 
historical pictures, and that Mae West 
proved it only wanted spicy pictures. 
Do not let us go wrong on superficial 
reasoning, which has always been the 
best kind of reasoning we do, and 
which may at this critical time cost us 
many millions not to be spared. I am 
for a clean screen: I am also for a free 
screen, with certain, necessary re- 
straints, which accurately mirrors life, 
and contemporary literature and dra- 
ma. Paramount did a mighty fine thing, 
and deserves the thanks of the indus- 
try, for giving the public, at Christmas 
time, as fine, clean and inspiriting a 
screen gem as "Alice In Wonderland," 
as Radio deserves commendation for 
its moving depiction of a clean Ameri- 
can classic. But I can think of no surer 
way to lose our audiences than to make 
a whole succession of such pictures, 
even as good as "Little Women" and 
"Alice." The American public has 
never yet evinced any inclination to 
live on fairy tales and sweet, simple 
stories; they want action, primarily, in 
their entertainment diet, and this ele- 
ment of action, which is a psychic 
American craving, and which fortu- 
nately is a natural adjunct of the 
screen, is noticeably absent from this 
school of writing. Do not make the 
screen so sugary, in the next few 
months, as to give the public film dia- 

I was a member of the Producers' 
Committee of two — Irving Thalberg 
the other — who with Father Lord, Will 
Hays and his staff, drew up the Hays 
Code. During the conferences which 
preceded its formulation. Father Lord 
himself, a broad-minded, intellectual 
clergyman, conceded that the screen 
could and should reflect life in all its 
phases, and was most insistent that sex 
should not be removed from the cur- 
riculum of the screen, lest audiences 
forever lose interest in an anaemic en- 
tertainment that would not compare 
with the strength and vigor and nat- 

uralness of the legitimate theatre or of 
current literature. He merely urged 
restraint and good taste, and to that 
end the code was designed. Let us 
not lose the scope and the hope of the 
screen to tell every kind of story, in 
good taste, merely because one kind 
of story, beautifully done, succeeds 

Who among us dare to presume to 
define what is life, and what merely 
dirt? Recently the Government brought 
an action against a book. The United 
States moved to keep the unexpur- 
gated edition of Joyce's "Ulysses" out 
of the country. After long delibera- 
tion, Federal Judge Wooisey rendered 
a verdict in favor of free entry for the 
book. His decision, notable for its 
erudition and vision, is worth quoting 
in full, but I shall only give this ex- 
cerpt: "If one does not wish to asso- 
ciate with such folk as Joyce describes, 
that is one's own choice. In order to 
avoid indirect contact with them one 
may not wish to read 'Ulysses'; that is 
quite understandable. But when such 
a real artist in words, as Joyce un- 
doubtedly is, seeks to draw a true pic- 
ture of the lower middle class in a 
European city, ought it to be impos- 
sible for the American public to see 
that picture?" 

That sums up the whole case of the 
motion picture versus binding and re- 
stricting influences. As long as life is 
pictured "artistically" and capably, it 
has a right on the screen: if parents 
can select the books their young shall 
read, the paintings and sculpture they 
shall see, they can also select the mo- 
tion pictures they shall view. But real- 
istic pictures of present-day life should 
not be denied those who want them, 
provided they conform with the can- 
ons of good taste and are honestly de- 
signed. As well say that the great 
nude sculptures of the classicists 
should be barred from public exhibi- 
tion, because a few morons might get 

the wrong impulses from viewing 


This might well be a new command- 
ment to place before everyone engaged 
in production. Too many producers 
still produce for the critics, too many 
directors still direct for their brother- 
directors, too many writers still write 
only for the admiration of other writ- 
ers, and too many cameramen still 
photograph in a style not intended for 
commercial consumption, but for the 
plaudits of cinematographers. The 
critics — Cod bless them! — can be oh, 
so wrong! We all know how many 
times in the past ten years, pictures 
that have received the eulogies of the 
critics have died at the box-office, and 
how equally often pictures that have 
been unmercifully panned by the 
critic-body have been box - office 
clean-ups. That can only indicate that 
the critical, and the public, standard 
of entertainment differ greatly. Clara 
Bow was for two years the most popu- 
lar feminine star on the screen. Dur- 
ing those two years she naturally made 
a great deal of money for Paramount. 
This naturally indicates that the public 
wanted and approved her pictures; but 
I have yet to see a single newspaper 
criticism, during all that time, express- 
ing approval of a single one of her pic- 
tures. We deliberately kept Clara a 
public, and therefore a profitable, star, 
and not a critics' star. 

Writers only too often know they 
are constructing a scene too abstract, 
too philosophical and too "rich" for 
mass consumption, but they do so to 
convince the writing fraternity that 
they are indeed writers worthy of their 
"steal." If they wrote more for their 
audiences, and less for themselves, 
they would have more box-office suc- 
cesses and a healthier industry. 

Recently, I asked a fine, sensitive 
director, comparatively new to Holly- 
wood, why he did not show his night 
scenes with enough light for audiences 
quickly and easily to see the expres- 
sion of his players. I remarked that 
once it was indicated to the audience 
that a night scene was intended, by 
means of a dark long shot, the audi- 
ence would gladly accord him the 
license of taking liberty with the light- 
ing, as it would rather see the most 
fleeting facial changes of the players 
than miss seeing them by being con- 
tinuously convinced that it was seeing 
a night scene, with the medium and 

close shots scientifically matching the 
long shot. He replied that when the 
best directors in the business — he hap- 
pened to mention Lubitsch and Bor- 
zage among them — took such license, 
he would begin doing so, but until they 
did he was going to be included in 
their class, rather than have it thought 
that he did not know as much techni- 
cally as they did. So here is a chance 
for Lubitsch and Borzage to be the 
way-showers toward a better audience 
result in visibility of night action, 
rather than to a slavish system of im- 
pressing their fellow-directors that 
they know all about screen technique, 
which the audience cares nothing 
about if it cannot SEE the picture. I 
say this in case the director in ques- 
tion was correct in quoting them as 
protagonists of too-dark night shots. 
Personally, it is my recollection that 
both Lubitsch and Borzage are such 
practical directors that they would 
Icnovy it to be wrong not to take a 
freely-granted license to have their 
plavers clearly lighted at all times and 
under all circumstances. 

Cameramen, too, ignore only too 
frequently the desires of the audience, 
in taking, at great cost, difficult screen 
effects that only brother cameramen 
appreciate or understand. We have 
all seen those beautiful, hazy effects 
that took hours and hours to get, 
played in theatres where lighting and 
projection conditions that were not 
ideal converted them into nothing but 
bad photography that tried and 
strained, and finally hurt an audience's 
optics. Remember our audiences, in 
writing, directing, photographing! And 
they will remember you, and your days 
will be long in the motion picture in- 

But — "Maybe I'm wrong," and by 
this time, certainly, maybe I'm long. 







I HE outstanding event in the mo- 
tion picture industry during 1933 was 
the rebellion. The rebellion of the 

This rebellion started with the pub- 
lication of the Producers Arbitration 
Agreement and ended with the general 
tossing around given the artists, writ- 
ers and directors at the Washington 
meetings of the NRA code. Sandwich- 
ed in between was the famous 50 per- 
cent cut in early March. 

These events caused the creators to 
sit up and take notice. Hitherto they 
had been content to do the producer 
bidding, were satisfied that the studio 
heads knew what they were talking 
about and responsible for all their acts 

They were contented to draw their 
salaries and do as they were told, be- 
lieving if they were told the wrong 
thing, if there were mistakes in their 
orders, they would be corrected. For 
after all, the job was to make success- 
ful pictures, productions that would 
earn their way and turn back a profit, 
and any injury to the creators would 
injure all possibility of that success. 

Prior to the Producers Arbitration 
Agreement and since the picture busi- 
ness had started there had always 
been a spirit of friendly cooperation 
by the men and women actually mak- 
ing the pictures and the individuals 
behind the gun. They had worked to- 
gether all for the cause of good pic- 
tures. There had been instances of 
isolated disturbances where the star, 
the writer or the director had found 
serious fault with the manner in which 
he or she was being treated by the 
studio, but such disturbances were the 
exception rather than the rule. But 
when the creators began to digest the 
full meaning of the Producers Arbitra- 
tion Agreement, that cooperation be- 
gan to waiver, that friendly feeling 
was shaken and its place crept a sus- 
picion, whispered at first, but openly 
expressed later. 

The Producers Agreement was found 
to be all for the producer and nuts to 
the creators. Its restraining orders 
were beyond all sense of fairness, to 
say nothing of the legal aspect of its 
restraint. Creators were to be as so 
many slaves, should the full effect of 
that agreement be carried through. 
And hell broke loose. Meetings were 
held on all sides. The writers rebelled, 
the artists declared war, the directors 
and technicians raised all sorts of a 
rumpus. There were all kinds of arm 
waving and loud talking, threats and 
counter threats to be quieted only 
when one smart person said: "Don't 
worry about the whole thing, there's 
nothing to it. The thing was framed 
to protect one or two studios. The 
other producers will get wise to it soon 
and the cat will be out of the bag. A 
producer war will follow." 

And that's what happened. There ' 
was a producer war. A fight started 
because the clauses that bound one 
producer to another were being 
breached, and they were walking out 
on each other. The smoke screen that 
was raised to protect a few was found 
to be phoney when the smoke cleared 
and out went the Producers Agree- 
ment. But not until a distrust was 
planted, a seed that took root in the 
creator's garden. The spirit of coop- 
eration that had always existed was 
hardly to be found, everyone was 
fighting his individual battle, armed to 
the hilt with plenty of ammunition. 
But this was a dum-dum battle, shoot- 
ing from ambush. 

In March open warfare was started. 
No shooting from the bush — a fight 
out in the open. It started with the 
meeting of the producers and the 
agents, called by the producers for the 
purpose of getting these representa- 
tives to talk their clients into taking 
a cut, a small cut. Were not the banks 
of the whole nation closed and with 
those closings was not the flow of 
money stopped? How were they to 
pay off? Wouldn't the agents go to 
their clients and ask their help? Hardly 
had the last word been uttered when 
all the agents agreed to the suggestion. 
And then — the request for 50 percent 
of all salaries for a period of eight 
weeks. Wow! 

And was there fun? And was there 
a fight? 

And what happened? 

Of course they took the cut and 
took it for eight weeks, but all doubt 
as to the future of the creators in the 
hands of the producers was settled 
then, definitely and for all time. There 
were meetings after meetings, more 
arm waving, more loud talking, quieted 
only when it looked as though the 
Academy could be built to protect the 
creators and this building was started. 
The loss of confidence by the creators 
in the producers was fertile ground for 
the building of an organization for 
their protection. 

And then the writers smelled a rat. 
They walked out of the Academy. 
Formed the Screen Writers Guild, an 
organization of writers for the writers, 
the formation of which was the straw 
that broke the camel's back. Fired by 
distrust and suspicion, the writers 
started the spark of the real rebellion. 
They called their shots, all shooting in 
the direction of the heads of the vari- 
ous studios. For the first time since the 
start of the business, salaried individ- 
uals got up on their feet in open meet- 
! ing and defied the men who were pay- 
I ing them their salaries. "To hell with 
I the salaries. " cried a few, "give us a 

cut in the spoils. If the pictures are 
a success we get money, if they are not 
we starve. ' And with the starting of 
the Writers Guild, the start of the fin- 
ish of the Academy was being written. 

When the motion picture industry 
was invited to sit down at a table in 
Washington and write its own code, 
the creators were found to be want- 
ing. They sent representatives to take 
care of their end, but those represent- 
atives started the old game of politics 
and the creators were about to be 
washed out, were washed out. And 
that marked the end of all thoughts of 
cooperation between the creators and 
the producers. 

Without cooperation between the 
employer and the employee no indus- 
try can succeed and much of the rea- 
son for poor pictures right at this time 
is due to the loss of that cooperation, 
plus a distrust of one for the other. 
Aside from the belief that they will be 
taken advantage of at every turn, the 
creators now have a lack of confidence 
in the whole producer layout. The 
writer feels that his material is being 
butchered, the artist believes that he 
is being ruined by bad pictures and the 
director claims that he is not permit- 
ted to direct and the other fellow (the 
producer) can't. 

And there is only one answer, PER- 
CENTAGE and equal rights guarding 
those percentages. Through this means 
lies the only salvation for the produc- 
tion end of this business. Give the 
creators a whack at the profits and if 

there are no profits but there will 


Give the writers a piece for their 
creation; place the important stars, the 
name draws, on a small weekly salary 
and a percentage of the gross; do the 
same for the directors and you will 
have a business that must cooperate 
and you will find a cooperation that 
will make good pictures, hardly any- 
thing but good pictures. And these 
pictures will be made at a fraction of 
the cost of present productions be- 
cause of that cooperation. If a writer 
knows that his writing must be right 

or no dough, he will write. If the stars 
are forced to accept a share of the 
burden, they will star. They won't 
walk in late for calls, they won't read 
their lines like a high school pupil, 
they will know their parts and they 
will fight any element that attempts 
to hold up production. The director 
will work with the star, with the 
writer AND the producer. They will 
all work together. 

But before any such percentage sys- 
tem can be put into effect, all those 
participating in the percentage must 
have about equal say. The producer 
will not be permitted to produce as he 
has in the past. He will not be the 
sole boss. He will have to take coun- 
sel with the others. They will have to 
be in agreement all around. And it's 
coming to that, if not in the big stu- 
dios, outside of them, and if the big 
plants permit too much of that outside 
business, there will be no big plants 
other than rental studios. 

There has been a rebellion, a big 
rebellion. Some producers, wise to 
their jobs, realize it; others are sitting 
idly by and groping for a reason for all 
the bad pictures. The rebellion is the 
reason and it was the highlight of 










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Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. 


Grand Duke Peter (Afterwards Peter III) 

Elizabeth Bergner 

Catherine (After Catherine the Great) 

Sir Gerald DuMaurier 


Flora Robson 

Empress Elizabeth 

Gregory Orloff 

Griffith Jones 

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HE talkies have suddenly put on 
long drawers and have gone very social. 
Fox imports a flock of Britishers, and 
Leslie Howard, accompanied by a 
drawing-room accent, finds himself in 
demand. Joan Crawford still speaks 
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. English, and 
movie companies have stopped making 
pictures that move and are now giving 
a tired public a slice of life as lived by 
the starched-front nobility. 

I want to protest. I want to regis- 
ter my disapproval of these peculiar 
shenanigans. Think of its influence 
upon the poor, susceptible public! I'm 
not worrying about the kiddies. Cod 
damn them! Those tiny tots have 
ceased being a source of concern. I'm 
troubled about the adults. I'm trou- 
bled, to be more specific, about those 
former neighbors of mine in the Bronx 
and in Washington Heights. 

Can't you see what the drawing- 
room drama will do to these orthodox 

burghers? A steady diet of those 
anomalous charades in which beauti- 
fully upholstered gentlemen flaunt 
their nostrils at Holliwell Hobbs and 
say, in a voice loaded with tonsils, "I 
say, a whiskey and sodah. pleeaz!" 
will tend to make Mr. Mandelbaum 
and Mr. Flugelman behave the same 

I can just picture the following con- 
versation taking place in "Brick" Man- 
delbaum's drawing room in the Alta 
Yente Arms: 

("Brick" Mandelbaum and "Buddy" Flugel- 
man are looking out of the window. A typical 
Washington Heights rain wets the street. It 
is "Brick" who finally breaks the silence.) 

Brick: Oi, I say, wot rotten vedder ve're 

Buddy (shooting his cuffs) : Yes, eet's bistly, 
doncher know. 

Brick (letting a note of petulance creep into 
his voice) : Desh hit hall, vy doesn't de sun 
come hout like an hold dirr? 

Buddy: Ve could jolly well stend some nice 

(At this point Mr. Flugelman looks furtively 
around the room to make certain they are un- 
observed, He lets his voice drop as he speaks.) 

Buddy: I say, Breeck, hev you hoid about de 

(Brick raises his eyes. Of course he is ter- 
ribly curious but in the movies the Britishers 
are never upset. Internally they may be a 
seething cauldron, an erupting volcano, but they 
always manage to preserve a calm and unruffled 
exterior. Only the arched eyebrow betrays 
Brick's curiosity.) 

Brick: No, hold binn, vot's de noos? 

Buddy (significantly) : Sadie ran avay vit 
the shuffer. 

Brick (with satisfaction) : Solves Pincus jolly 
veil right. Pincus is so tarribly meedle-cless 
ennyhow Steel, hevink one's vife run away vit 
one's shuffer, — veil, dot ees a beet theeck. 

Buddy: Uf course! Hefter hall, — a shuffer! 
Oi, I say! 

Brick: Vot's wrunk vit a shuffer! You're 
soch a snopp, Boddy. 

Buddy (unconcerned by this rebuke) : Veil, 
eet's a bistly mess. Doncher t'ink so, hold 

Brick (removing his monocle and wiping it 
with his 'kerchief) : Oi, I don't know, (adjust- 
ing his monocle.) Sadie's rilly top holl. Rilly. 

Buddy (grasping the significance of this re- 
mark) : Oi, I say. Not rilly! 

Brick: Yes, by Joff! 

Buddy (chuckling — but more of a cackle 
than a chuckle) : You, too, hah? Veil, Sadie 
ees a preety chomming pizz of beggech (he 
sighs). Vot a gestly mess! (looking at his 
wrist watch). Veil, I'll be deshink. 

Brick: Oi, I say, vidder avay? 

Buddy: I t'ink I hev time for a robber or 
two britch at de clobb. 

Brick (shaking as if chilled) : I most be een 
a beet of a fonk. I say, chock eet Boddy and 
I'll hev Jivves breenk in some tea (he pulls 
the cord and in a moment Jeeves arrives) . Oi, 
jivves, breenk in some glesses tea. 

Jeeves: How menny glesses tea you weesh, 

Brick (somewhat annoyed) : Two, uf cour<;e! 

Jeeves: Mit lemon, sorr? 

Brick: Eeef you pliz, Jivves. 

Jeeves (retiring) : Very goot, sorr. 

(But Buddy feels uncomfortable. Good Cod, 
how was he to know that Brick Mandelbaum 
was one of Sadie Cinsburg's lovers? He has 
jolly well put his foot in it.) 

Buddy: Breeck, I t'ink I'll hemble alonk vit- 
out tea. Eet's very dissent uf you ennyhow. 

Br:ck: Oi, rot, 

Puddy (getting his hat, stick and gloves) : 
Veil, I'll desh alonk. Peep, peep, hold t'ing. 

Brick (at the door) : Chirry-ho, Boddy. And 
don't t'ink heel uf Sadie Cinsboig, She's rilly 
docky. Rilly! Chirr-ho! 

So, for Cod's sake, let's go back to 
the Westerns; let's go back to those 
chromos in which hi-jackers were 
eventually put on the spot by muggs 
who had the heat turned on them; 
let's go back to the "Yeah?" "Oh, 
yeah! "Yeah?" "Oh, yeah!" type of 
literature. Enough of this fency- 
schmensy play-acting! Enough of na- 
sal-voiced heroines and dignified, 
wooden heroes. Enough, I say, be- 
cause I want my Mandelbaums and 
Flugelmans to be Mandelbaums and 







HERE is a peculiar two-way effect 
as you go over the day by day files of 
The Reporter to get a hindsight view 
of the previews on pictures. 

The first slant you get sorta takes 
some of the joy out of life. "Gosh," 
you murmur, if you are given to mur- 
muring, or mutter, if you prefer that, 
"what a heck of a lot of pictures are 
made for no good reason at all." 

You spot a title. And read the pre- 
view which probably has one of those 
stock phrases, "Won't burn up any 
rivers, but may satisfy a lot of audi- 

Huh! You remember that picture — 
and also recall what it did at — or to — 
box offices. Of course, you are using 

hindsight, but you just can't help say- 
ing, "Migosh, when you read the re- 
view over, remember the picture, and 
view it from all angles — how on earth 
did they ever think there WAS a pic- 
ture in that yarn?" 

This happens all too often for a pic- 
ture man's comfort. But we said there 
was a two-way effect when exercising 
this hindsight. And here is the other 

If you don't just take the re-reading 
on a page by page basis, but hit the 
high spots of each month — THERE'S A 

And strangely enough — EACH 
MONTH seems to have its highlights. 
Some months, like September or Octo- 
ber, crowd in the highlights — but 
hardly a month goes by without SOME- 
THING big to shout about. 

So that at the end of the year you 
chalk up about thirty pieces of picture 
entertainment with which you would 
be darned glad to be associated in any 
way, shape or form. An approximate 
thirty shows that stand up and shout. 
Behind them, about forty that rank as 
pretty good entertainment, not bad 
evenings for any family. And behind 
that second group- — celluloid that 
some executive way up at the top 
should have killed before it got out of 
the first story conference. 

Which is the final lesson you get 
out of this hindsight business — the 
bad ones, almost invariably were mis- 
different way of saying that, either the 
stories were bad, or the stories covered 
themes that should never have been 

You learn something else, taking a 
second glance at the previews of the 
year. It is this: When previewers err, 
with a consistency that makes it al- 
most a rule, they never err when say- 
ing that a picture is POOR, MEDI- 

When the previewer slips it is usu- 
ally with the fallibility which only 
proves him human. For some reason 

— about story, direction or cast — he 
PERSONALLY goes a bit overboard in 
enthusiasm on a picture which later 
proves not to measure up to his report. 
So, with these words about the re- 
actions to a general survey of the year 
past, let's dig a little deeper and see 
how the year shaped up. Not as we 
look at it now, but as if we were just 
coming up with each month in its turn. 

We entered the year with a pretty 
good start — because just before the 
bells rang "Cavalcade" had brought 
out the parade of adjectives. And if 
Fox had only kept up its January pace 
there'd be cheering now — because the 
same month brought the preview of 
"State Fair." And "She Done Him 
Wrong" came from Paramount in Jan- 
uary. A pretty good start for any year. 

There were other pictures in Janu- 
ary that are just as well unmentioned 
now. But even while you groan about 

them, and start to con February's 
pages, you get the first impression of 
that feeling we mentioned: That with 
all the fodder, SOMEONE is always 
making SOMETHING good. 

Look at this February list for a single 
month's entertainment: "Topaze," 
"Be Mine Tonight," "Secrets," "The 
Masquerader," "King Kong," "White 
Sister." May we hope for as much 
this next month? 

March brought along the picture 
that was just about forty-five days be- 
hind its proper date — "Gabriel Over 
the White House" — a great show. An 
inspiration of an idea. But the darned 
trouble was that a fellow like Hoover 
went out on March 4, a man named 
Roosevelt came in — and the psychol- 
ogy of a nation changed overnight. 
What a break! 

There wasn't much else to get ex- 
cited about in March, though "Chris- 
topher Strong " gave the Hepburn fans 
a chance to pull their favorite line, 
"Wait until she gets a real story!" 
And, gee, we can't forget "Hell Be- 
low" — picture and box office. 

April, probably just because of the 
connection with April Fool's Day, is 
the only one that lets us down on our 
discovery that every month brings 
something for box offices. Though 
"Warrior's Husband" is nothing to 
sneeze at, and picture students at least 
got a treat with the American debut 
of "M." 

May was a humdinger. For sheer 
enjoyment it had "When Ladies 
Meet," for extravaganza; "The Gold 
Diggers," for a touch of the new in 

musicals; "Melody Cruise," and it 
wound up in a blaze of glory on May 
29 when the previewer spread him- 
self for two wide-measure columns on 
"Dinner at Eight." 

Jesse Lasky gave us the artistic 
treats of "The Power and the Glory" 
and "Berkeley Square" in June, though 
the reviewer tempered his words on 
the former with the added phrase — 
"presents a box office problem." 

And in July Columbia hit the bell 
with "Madame La Gimp." Which, in 
case you don't recognize it, became 
"Beggar's Holiday." Or perhaps you'll 
get it quicker if we say "Lady For a 
Day." What a title problem that great 
picture presented! 

But July was pretty good all around. 
It brought us "Tugboat Annie," which 
the reviewer hit on the nail as a pic- 
ture, but of which he said, "Dressier 
and Beery will clean up, though." And 
the same month was helped with 
"Morning Glory" as well as "Three 
Cornered Moon, ' one of the surprises 
of the year — but not, we hasten to 
add, to the Reporter previewer, who 
called it for "box-office." 

August slumped off because, as we 
warned you, of the way those boys pile 
up the big pictures for September and 
October. September got under way 
with a rattling piece of box office mer- 
chandise — even if it didn't cause raves 
as a picture — "Too Much Harmony." 
Then it gave us our first American 
glimpse of Lilian Harvey in "My 
Weakness," pretty well received, 
though the reviewer added: "It will 
take maneuvering for a picture or two 
to find just what characterization this 
little lady needs." (Perhaps Jesse 
Lasky found the answer when he 
bobbed up in December with "I Am 
Suzanne." ) 

But September really got into its 
stride with "Henry the Eighth," 
"Bombshell," the long-awaited "The 
Bowery," "I'm No Angel" and "The 
Invisible Man." 

If you think that is choking box of- 
fices, just calm yourself. We're skip- 
ping a lot in that month that are bet- 
ter left unsung. 

January should have given us a tip 
on the heartaches of putting radio fa- 

vorites on the screen, for back at the 
start of the year we had Kate Smith in 
"Hello Everybody" — but neverthe- 
less we had to look at Ed Wynn in 
"The Chief" and Jack Pearl in "Meet 
the Baron" late in September. Per- 
haps we'll learn something or other 
from them. 

October? Ogeeoboy! In the order in 
which they came: "A Man's Castle," 
"Prizefighter and the Lady," "Eski- 
mo," "Only Yesterday," "Little Wo- 
men." Put those on your list for one 
month's bookings, Mr. Exhibitor. 

But October has to blush, too — it 
gave us "Hoopla," and a disappoint- 
ment when we saw what they had cho- 
sen for Dorothy Wieck's first, "Cra- 
dle Song." 

November started us off with laughs 
with "Duck Soup" and gave us both 
laughs and drama — and music, too — 
in "Dancing Lady." But picture mak- 
ers still had a hangover of good product 
from October, for the turkey month 
also brought "Counsellor-at-Law" and 
"Gallant Lady," two great bits of pic- 
ture craftsmanship, and that three-ring 
circus of showmanship — "Roman 

And November brought that puzzle 
of picture-making, "Alice in Wonder- 
land, ' which let us down a bit after 
so much anticipation. 

Your memory is probably still too 
fresh on the score to need recounting 
of the glories with which December 
faded out — "Going Hollywood," 
"Queen Christina," "Moulin Rouge" 
and "I Am Suzanne. " 


A Forecast of the 
Newspaper Headlines 
For 1934 




Jan. 1. Bigger and Better Pictures 
Predicted for 1934. 

Jan 6 Paramount Takes "Bengal Lan- 
cer" Off Shelf. 

Jan. 1 3. Winfield Sheehan Out? 

Jan. 17. Hays Bans All Salacious Pic- 

Jan. 23. "Private Life of Casanova 
To Be Filmed. 

Jan. 26. Kent Says Sheehan Remains 
Fox Boss. 

Feb. 3. Academy Reported Folding 


Feb. 7. Lasky Slated to Head Univer- 

Feb. 15. Academy Takes New Lease 
on Life at Annual Awards Dinner. 

Feb. 17. Professor Lowell Reaffirms 
Resignation from Code Authority. 

Feb. 19. Jones and McNutt on "Ben- 
gal Lancer." 

Feb. 26. Raft Objects to Dialogue m 
Filth Film. 

March 2. "Rover Boys" Bought by 
Paramount for Raft. 

March 7, Sheehan Through, Is Re- 

March 16. Lasky Slated to Head 

March 20. Agent Socks Star on Nose 
at Colony Club. 

March 23. Hollywood Must Cut 
Down Expenses, Declare N. Y. 

March 28. Academy's Funeral Near. 

April 2. Rosenblatt Declares Lowell 

Still on Code Authority. 
April- 5. Sheehan Cleans House at 

April 18. ^cademy Elects New 

April 21. M-C-M Buys Race Track 

April 23. Warners-First National To 

Shoot Turf Classic, "The Life of Tod 

April 26. R-K-0 Filming "jockey 

April 28. Columbia Puts "Phar Lap" 

Into Production. 
April 30. Fox Remaking "Checkers" 

Under Title of "Racing Blood." 

May 4. Producers Agree to Make No 

More Pictures in Cycles. 
May 7. Universal Announces Epic, 

"Days of '49." 
May 8. "Gold-Rush Gertie" Starts at 

Twentieth Century. 
May 9. Paramount Changes Title of 

"Vigilante" to "Cold In Them Thar 

May 18. M-C-M Cuts Writing Staff 

to Bone; Only 162 Remain on Pay- 
May 25. Walter de Leon Assigned to 

"Bengal Lancer." 
May 29. Star Socks Producer on 

Nose at Vendome. 

June 1. Increased Activity, in Studios 

Cheers Hollywood. 
June 9. Doug Fairbanks Returning to 

June 11. Major Studios Shut Down 

for Eight Weeks. 
June 17. Waldemar Young Writing 

"Bengal Lancer." 
June 20. Lowell Absent from Code 

Authority Meeting — Resignation 

June 28. Producer Socks Director on 

Nose at Malibu. 
June 30. Doug Fairbanks Staying 


July 3. Lasky To Be Head Man at 
Fox; Sheehan on Skids. 

July 7. New York Heads Declare 
Hollywood Must Economize. 

July 10. Screen Writers Guild At- 
tacks Academy. 

July 16. Chaplin Goes Talkie. 

July 19. Academy Attacks Screen 
Writers Guild. 

July 21. Sheehan Outlines New Fox 

July 26. Chaplin Will Stick to Pan- 
tomime in Next Film. 

Aug. 6. Director Socks Writer on 

Nose at Clover Club. 
Aug. 10. "We Are Still Best of 

Friends," Says Divorced Star. 

Aug. 13. "U. A. Will Make Specials 

Only" — Schenck. 
Aug. 20. Eastern Bosses War on 

Hollywood Extravagance. 
Aug. 29. U. A. Exchanges Demand 

Fifty Programmers Next Year. 

Sept. 3. Bankers Demand Sheehan 
Quit Fox. 

Sept. 9. No More Musicals, Declare 
Production Heads. 

Sept. 13. Studios on Hunt for Origi- 
nals to Cut Down Story Cost. 

Sept. 16. M-G-M Buys New George 
Kaufman Play for $150,000. 

Sept. 22. Chorus Girls Needed for 
Musicals Now in Production. 

Sept. 30. Warners Dickering for 

Oct. 2. Writer Socks Executive on 

Nose at Mayfair. 
Oct. 10. Stars Unnecessary, Says J. 

L. Warner. 
Oct. 14. Paramount Shelves "Bengal 

Oct. 19. Warners Raiding Majors for 

More Stars. 
Oct. 28. Academy Singing Swan 


Nov. 5 Rumor Puts Lasky Back at 
Paramount As Big Chief. 

Nov. 10. Winfield Sheehan Signs 
New Fox Contract with Added 

Nov. 15. No Truth in Lowell Resig- 
nation from Code Authority. 

Nov. 21 . Exchanges Put Ban on Dou- 
ble Features. 

Nov. 25. Garbo Deserting U. S. For- 

Nov. 27. Big Theatre Chain Goes for 
Double Features. 

Dec. I. M-G-M Signs Garbo on New 

Dec. 4. Movie Stars Prohibited from 

Radio Broadcasting. 
Dec. 7. No More Squandering in 

Hollywood, Say N. Y. Execs. 
Dec. 1 5. Harlow, Cagney and Die- 
trich Sign for National Network 

Dec. 23. Academy Appoints 1935 

Awards Committee. 
Dec. 27. "Bengal Lancer" Off Shelf 

for Rewrite at Paramount. 
Dec. 31. Bigger and Better Pictures 

Predicted for 1935. 





















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Now It 
Can Be 




OW that the shaking, the shiver- 
ing, and the trennbling within direc- 
torial oxfords has ceased, the story of 
the charge of the stage brigade over 
the mountains from Broadway can be 
told. The shock troops from the Ri- 
alto have withdrawn. The siege has 
ended, and the last rumble of the ter- 
rific attack has died. The host of le- 
gitimate directors, the illegitimate 
song writers and the marching hordes 
of boys with big ideas and small brains 
have returned to their rightful prov- 
ince, leaving their maimed and 
wounded to find jobs as real estate 

The old guard, consisting of sup- 
posedly roughly trained and crudely 
armed silent picture directors, cheer 
and shout, wave their tattered banners 
o'er the ramparts of Hollywood and 
murmur, into their cuffs, so the execu- 
tives won't hear — "We told you so!" 

What an attack it was! 

On the defense were those who had 
served so many years so silently (I beg 
your pardon) and well — those who 
had produced such pictures as "The 
Covered Wagon," "The Four Horse- 
men of the Apocalypse," "The Birth 
of a Nation," "The King of Kings," 
"Ben Hur" and a few other minor cin- 
ematic playthings. The only thing 
these poor chaps knew was motion 
picture technique! They were armed 
only with reputations, and those 
didn't count because Hollywood 
changes its mind so quickly. 

The attacking band was well arm- 
ed. It was fortified with contracts, 

with options, with great ideas, with 
sales talks, and with stage technique. 
Show producers how to make talking 
pictures? Of course they would. 

Someone had spoken through a lit- 
tle black box called a mic-ro-phone, 
someone else had geared the sound to 
celluloid, and a third party to the crime 
had started a projection machine. The 
result was ghastly, but that was the 
excuse for the invasion of the quiet 
and somnolent film capital by the 
Broadway band. Or should we say 

Did the directors of silent pictures 
tremble, and were they frightened? 
Yes, I regret to say, they were. Did 
they wonder about the grocery bills 
and the installments on the car, and 
the scarcity of positions in other lines 
of business? Yes, they did. 

Will they now confess that when 
those they had counted on refused to 
rally 'round the flag for them they be- 
came faint hearted and almost sur- 
rendered? Oh, no. Not in the main. 
In a few isolated instances, yes. 

I must admit that when I first ob- 
served the vast tumult on the eastern 
horizon I became alarmed. I knew 
that Hollywood had a new thing-a-ma- 
jig called sound, which it didn't know 
how to run and I didn't think I and the 
rest of the local boys did. 

Now, a survey reveals that there 
was no reason to become excited and 
throw away all this motion picture 
technique and climb the nearest tree. 
It reveals many directors did exactly 
the right thing when they braced 
themselves and did not run, not to 
mention walk, to the nearest exit. In 
all of Hollywood, few directors of 
stage fame remain and dialogue is 
quieting down now and then to give 
Old Man Action a chance in the 
scripts. Those- who have survived are 
deserving, having earned their diploma 
through achievements. They produced 
results instead of brays. 

I must confess that for a while we 
were worried. Hollywood joined the 
stage directors and axes started swing- 
ing. The most used word, as far as 
we could hear, when we entered the 
administration buildings, was "out- 

We divided, at this point, into two 
factions within ourselves. One fac- 
tion sat up on its haunches and fought 
back. It resented the invasion. It 
refused to accept the stage directors. 
It stormed and raved and felt insulted 
and tossed up jobs galore. I didn't 
belong to that faction. I'm glad. 
They're still out. 

My group got together and held a 
council of war. We decided that the 

stage directors could teach us a great 
many things. When an executive 
sent seventeen "enemies" to watch 
over our shoulders and tell us what we 
were doing wrong, we listened and we 
made notes. We learned things. 

A frank confession, this. I admit, 
right now, that we were both scared 
and studious. I admit further that we 
learned a lot of things which helped 
us greatly. And then, asked Little Red 
Riding Hood, what happened^ 

We found that it was far easier for 
motion picture directors to absorb the 
technique of the stage, and to know 
what to do with sound, than it was 
for stage directors to use pantomime 
as we had learned to use it. 

The result is obvious. The stage 
directors, not willing or able to learn 
about pantomime from the silent lads, 
found their options lying down on 
them, and one by one they retreated 
over the hills of Hollywood. 

And, just as rapidly as the Broad- 
wayites fell back in disorder toward 
Broadway, former directors found 
themselves back on payrolls, more di- 
rectorial than ever before. Today, the 
microphone is no longer a mystery. In- 
stead of being frightened, the old 
timers march right up to it and say, 
"Hey, you, do this!" or "Hey, you, do 
that!" And the microphone does this 
and that more skillfully all the time, 
and talking pictures get better and 

Not only does the microphone im- 
prove; the writers improve too. They 
imorove by leaving out a lot of words 
which aren't needed, so that the old 
timers can get in pantomime and ac- 
tion and background and beauty and 
depth which the stage never can have 
because of physical limitations. 

Why should we sacrifice these at- 
tributes and produce along the lines 
of stage technique when they are the 
only things which make us different 
from the stage? 

There's the answer. Producers are 
again making motion pictures. The 
few stage directors who remain have 
won their spurs; have proven real 
sports and instead of a superior atti- 
tude, stand ready to pat you on the 
back for a timely suggestion, to which 
they are always open. Hail to those 
who overcame almost insurmountable 
obstacles. The hatchet is buried. 

All's quiet along the directorial 





Warner Brothers Director 















All his life long he is on a spot, and 
a particularly difficult spot. 

Consider: A preview of "Scarlet Mo- 
ment" is about to be shown at the 
Blitz theater. The house is packed . . . 
with studio executives, actors, stars, 
relatives, and just plain audience. And 
somewhere, lost in the cinemaddening 
shuffle, is a poor little average guy, 
with a family to support and a funny 
way of doing it; who looks to the stu- 
dio that made "Scarlet Moment" like 
a limp worm and to the Great Amer- 
ican Public like a prophet, and who is 
expected by his editor to be omnis- 

It is his job, in the eighty minutes 
that it takes the film to unroll before 
his weary eyes, to pick out all the 
flaws and faults, all the excellences 
and dramatic heights, over which a 
hundred minds have argued and strug- 
gled for a month. In a little over an 
hour he must, with Olympian percep- 
tion and no hesitation, assimilate and 
digest a dramatic meal that has taken 
weeks to prepare, and then be able in 
a moment to translate his burps of 

indigest:ion or pleasure into language 
that will be neither over nor under the 
head of the public. 

In a way, the task is impossible. In 
another way, it is simple. If the critic 
can lose his individuality, submerge his 
personal likes and dislikes, and become 
merely an interested part of the audi- 
ence, he can turn an intelligent thumb 
down on a production or tell the Mr. 
and Mrs. Jones of America where to go 
for an evening's entertainment. For, 
until the screen reaches the artistic 
strata of, for example, sculpture, its 
simple, pure raison d'etre is entertain- 

Criticism is not introspective — or it 
shouldn't be. It is merely the mental 
ability of the critic to allow the public 
to stand back of his typewriter while 
he phrases the OK or the NG that will 
direct the destinies of millions of two- 
bit pieces. 

Therefore, although the importance, 
both constructive and destructive, of 
the critic is undeniable, his position is 
extremely controversial. It must seem 
unfair to the producer that the fate of 
his brain child, over which he has 
labored in great agony of spirit for so 
long, can be disposed of with such 
abrupt finality by a nod or shake of an 
empty (bethinks) head. After weeks 
and weeks of heart-breaking struggle, 
of re-writing, changing, cutting, add- 
ing, subtracting, and other pains in the 
neck, the producer proudly and fondly 
offers the result of his genius to the 
public. To him, it is finished. It 
represents his all. It is as nearly per- 
fect as he can get it. He beams with 
pride as scene melts into scene. 

The critic realizes all this, and, be- 
cause he does, it is proof that his opin- 
ions leap from a springboard which is 
embedded in honesty, consideration 
and tolerance. The critic has no rea- 
son to "yes" anyone. He has no strings 
to pull, no log to roll, and nobody to 
please but his own conscience. 

His opinions may be right or wrong, 
constructive or destructive, but they 
are honestly designed to HELP. He 
goes to a preview neutrally sitting on 
a fence, as it were, prepared to jump 
on either side. And it is entirely up to 
the picture which way he jumps. 
Nothing pushes him — except the mer- 
its or faults of the film. 

Going to previews is an exciting, 
nerve-wracking, earnest procedure, en- 
livened by the gambling element. It 
just MIGHT be a good picture! There 
is not a critic in the world who goes to 
a preview without high hope in his 

heart. Anticipation is the keynote of 
a critic's life, which is why he doesn't 
live very long. The resultant frequent 
emotional let-down keeps him in such 
a constant state of jitters that his ner- 
vous system usually cracks under the 
strain to the dismay of his paper and 
the joy of the producers. 

Critics should be treated always 
with the utmost consideration, for 
their lot is a hard one, filled with 
lights, crowds, stuffy theaters, double 
features, watery eyes, doubting edit- 
ors, peeved producers, yes men, dead- 
lines, ancient typewriters, late hours, 
and a general, disheartening feeling 
that their opinions read like a moronic 
stutter. The lot of the friends of a 
critic, incidentally, is even harder, be- 
ing subjected to a habitual critical 
probing, and the lot of a critic's family 
is deplorable. 

However, try to realize what the 
show world would be without the crit- 
ics. With no sincere and thoughtful 
tips on what to see and what not to 
see, the human race, always skeptical 
of blind dates, would finally become 
completely un-show-conscious; thea- 
ters would disintegrate into musty 
sawdust; Hollywood would become a 
wilderness; weeds would grow over the 
studio lots; little chipmunks would 
perch unconcernedly in executives' of- 
fices; snakes would coil comfortably in 
the reception halls; rabbits would 
make their burrows in the prop rooms, 
and the film capital of the world would 
lie in tinseled ruins. 

And the critic — where would he be? 
With his poor, watery eyes, he would 
be poking around in the glittering 
debris of what once was Hollywood, 
picking up little strips of film and 
muttering at them. 




A Supervisor's 
Best Friend Is 
His Mother 





OULDNT YOU like to be a 
supervisor? Wouldn't YOU like to 
take ads in the motion picture trade 
papers calling yourself an "associate 
producer"? Wouldn't YOU like to 
have double doors on your private of- 
fice and two secretaries in the outer 
office? Wouldn't YOU like to have 
your lunch in the executives' private 
dining room? 

Of course you would. And it's easy. 
Any unhealthy male adult who is grow- 
ing a little bald and who will take the 
trouble to memorize the following 
simple but effective little phrases can 
translate himself from an airless cu- 
bicle in writers' row to a large, spa- 
cious, sumptuous, tastefully furnished 
suite in the Main Administration 

I • 

"We had dinner at the Vendome 

about half past nine. Then we dropped 
over to the Colony Club. I shot crap 

and lost fifteen hundred bucks, but 
I'll get it back tomorrow night." . . . 
"We need a couple of new writers on 
this story." . . . "I've worked every 
night for the past three weeks." . . . 
"We'd better send to New York for 
somebody to play this part. There 
ain't an actor out here who can do it." 
. . . "It'll be a terrific box office smash 
after we cut out about thirty-five hun- 
dred feet." . . . "The dialogue is flat. 
We got to rewrite it." . . . "Tell him 
to wait. I'll see him as soon as I 
can." . . . "Be sure and shoot a lot of 
closeups." . . . "We'll get that over 
with a series of newspaper inserts." 
. . . "My nervous indigestion is getting 
much worse." . . . "Tell her to come 
up to my office about eleven tomor- 
row night." 

"We positively must start shooting 
a week from Tuesday, so you have five 
days to rewrite the whole script." . . . 
"Gee, I saw a grand picture last night. 
All you'd have to do is switch the story 
from a farm to a fishing village and we 
could go right into production." . . . 
"I don't like it." ... "I just got a hot 
inside tip on American Waffle Batter. 
I'm going to buy myself a couple of 
thousand shares and get back what I 
dropped on United States Fertilizer." 
. . . "The writers got the story all 
balled up but I straightened them 
out." ... "I didn't have time to read 
the book but I read a synopsis." 

"The director didn't know how to 
shoot it but I showed him." . . . "Re- 
member, Joe, I predicted that months 
ago. " . . . "I've got terrible sinus trou- 
ble." . . . "Did I get stinkin' at Harry's 
party last night!" . . . "Can't we get 
some writers from New York or Lon- 
don? There ain't a writer on this 
coast who's got any real feeling." . . . 
"Let's make a lot of tests for this pic- 
ture. ' . . . "Ernest Hemingway? Never 
heard of him." . . . "It was an artistic 
success but it died at the box office." 
. . . "We need a new ending." . . . 
"We'll fix it in the cutting." . . . "Leo, 

score in a beautiful love theme under 
all the love scenes." . . . "Whatever 
he says his salary is, offer him half." 

"The dialogue ain't funny enough. 
It didn't make me laugh." . . . "I'm 
going to Palm Springs over the week- 
end." ... "I only read the first ten 
pages but I know it's got to be re- 
written." . . . "We can't take a chance 
on this part. We got to have a big 
name." . . . "Let's make a gigantic 
musical picture." . . . "Just say you're 
a friend of Sam and she'll come to the 
phone." ... "I gave him the chance 
to direct his first picture." . . . "My 
wife is sore because I haven't been 
home to dinner in four months." . . . 
"Sure — a Rolls-Royce. It's only been 
run fifty thousand miles and I can get 
it for peanuts. " . . . "I'm going to New 
York to look over the new shows." 
. . . "We need more comedy. How 
would it be to write in a Swedish jani- 


It's as simple as that, litle kiddies. 
Just memorize the above phrases and 
pretty soon every agent in the com- 
munity will be sending you congratula- 
tory telegrams on your birthday. 











FTER eighteen months in China, 
during which I witnessed the Japanese 
occupation of Shanghai, the firing on 
Tientsin, the attempted occupation of 
Peiping, the Rose Bowl Came in Man- 
churia (score Japan everything, China 

• nothing) and then a trip completely 
across China from Shanghai to Chinese 
Turkestan, I am ready to submit my 
memoirs: "Thru the Dark Continent 
with camera and sound truck" or 

i "How to go places without doing 
things," a sequel to "The Rollo Boys 
Cet Their Laundry Done." 

Can they get Good Earth in China? 
You're asking, so I'm telling. A tree 
is a tree and earth is earth, good, bad 
or indifferent. All I know is what I 
see in the papers and I understand that 
a company is going over there, so for 
the uninitiated I am offering a glos- 
sary of words and things to watch for. 

Cumshaw: Learn this word, for it is 
the most used word in the Chinese 
language. It simplifies the crossing 
of the palm with gold. A quaint old 
gypsy custom. The gyp still remains. 
The occidental often confuses this 
word with graft or bribe, but the Chi- 
nese meaning is gift. It might also 
mean a donation to a museum or li- 
brary. It might? 

Hoochow: A passport that doesn't 
pass or a permit that doesn't permit. 
China has a recognized central govern- 
ment that no one in China recognizes. 
Every local big shot issues a Hoochow 
that is honored only by the local big 
shot. In return for this favor you 
meet up with our old friend Cumshaw 
(see above). Occasionally the pass- 
port is honored by the next guy, but 
before he puts his stamp on it — more 

Now for the sake of argument, as- 
suming that we have secured our hoo- 
chows, or permits, let's pass on and 
meet the Local Hays Organization. 
Don't be afraid that you might miss 
him and run into difficulties. He'll 
find you and bring the difficulties with 

1 . Government representative on set 
while every shot is taken. 

2. Don't show quaint old customs. 
Bad propaganda. China is pro- 

3. Don't show Rickshaws. Shows 
Chinaman as beast of burden. 
Velly bad. 

4. Don't show poverty. All Chinese 
in picture must be well dressed 
and look well fed. 

5. Don't shoot this location now. 
Wait till next summer when flow- 
ers are in bloom, China must look 
nice on screen, 

6. Don't show Chinese fighting. 
Young Chinese must be brought up 
with no fear of pain or death and 
be ready to lay down their lives for 

7. Don't show bound feet despite the 
fact that they are still prevalent. 

8. 9, 10, etc. Never mind what story 

says or what conditions actually 
are. Rest of world must see that 
China has new deal allee samee 
like Amelica. 

To insure this every foot of film 
must be developed and printed in 
China to assure the government that 
everything is on the up and up. Some- 
times the inspector will turn his head 
if you go for that "Cumshaw busi- 
ness." The inspectors are like relatives 
in Hollywood. You trip over them. 

Now that we have met up with the 
censor board let's pass to the man in 
the street. Don't sneer at him. He 
might work in your picture as an extra, 
but after all you're in his back yard and 
you are the foreigner. The lowest 
coolie has a deep seated feeling of 
superiority over the occidental and a 
hatred for foreigners. He doesn't care 
if you are a supervisor. He knows bet- 
ter and has his own way of doing 
things, and if you don't like his way 
go back where you came from. 

Is it any wonder that I am now pre- 
paring to direct "Manhattan Love 
Song"? If I had my way I'd change 
the title to "America, I Love You!" 

But, after all, it's expecting a lot to 
get pictures from a country where you 
can't even get a good bowl of Chop 







HE Editor of The Reporter can 
think of more damned things! Here 
we are worrying about will Aunt Emily 
smack our puss because we sent her a 
wine hamper, when cotton nighties are 
more up her Alley, and what kind of 
underwear does our favorite flicker 
star wear, or will she think we're get- 
ting fresh, and what do you do when 
you live in an apartment and a lady pup 
goes feminine on you, and along comes 
the Reporter and nothing will do but 
you have to write an article on Christ- 
mas in Hollywood! 

All right, so we'll write an article on 
Christmas in Hollywood. Let 'em 
knock the other guy's pictures! We'll 
write an article to end all articles! 

Christmas in Hollywood is like a Sid 
Grauman Premiere, only longer, and 
that is SO possible! Christmas in Hol- 
lywood is bounded on the north by 
Vine Street, and on the south by the 
Gotham delicatessen, which sells swell 
noodle soup! Christmas in Hollywood 
is like Christmas in Hohokus, Herki- 
mer, or South Bend, only you don't 
wear galoshes! 

Christmas in Hollywood is Bill Pow- 
ell rushing up the Boulevard with a 
Scotty under one arm and a shopping 
list under the other, and eighty-seven 
Duesenbergs parked outside Bullock's 
Wilshire! It's a holiday at Warner 
Brothers, and Manna for the local lens 
lads, who take the same pictures they 
took on Thanksgiving, only now the 
stock girls are up on ladders massaging 
Christmas wreaths instead of Turkeys! 

It's that happy time of year when 
Santa Claus, accompanied by Muriel 
Window, goes tootling gaily down the 
Boulevard, driving a pair of synthetic 
reindeer, atop a dazzling float, and the 
genial Andy Devine tells the local col- 
umnists what he's going to say on his 
Christmas cards, to surprise his friends, 
who evidently never believe what they 
read in the papers. 

It's another series of turkey table- 
d'hotes at the Brown Derby, and Al 
Levy's, and a chance for the Vendome 
to make the town's mouth water with 
its swank collection of Fortnum and 

Christmas in Hollywood is a long 
series of complicated explanations to 
your niece from Connecticut as to how 
Santa Claus can percolate through a 
gas heater, and why he's passed up the 
sled for Wally Beery's red biplane, and 
lapsing into a semi-bitter mood be- 
cause you've already got enough slip- 
pers for a centipede, and didn't you 
tell her fourteen times it was a shoot- 
ing jacket you wanted! 

It's a day of joy for the local col- 
umnists, who do a lot better than we 
used to do back in Brooklyn, where 
they still send Christmas cards — only, 
and a push-over for the local news- 
paper cartoonists, who have nothing to 
do but dig up last year's cartoon show- 
ing a poor kid leading a bent old wo- 
man in a shawl past a swanky restau- 
rant window with a big turkey in it. I 
Usually the caption reads: "Don't you 
worry. Grandma, Papa will come 

Christmas in Hollywood is an ex- 
cuse for Victorville, and Oxnard, and 
Twenty-nine Palms to put on their 
sombreros and get out their model T's 
and come clanking to town, spurred 
and booted, and ready for anything, 
and the only time of year a husband 
can buy a diamond bracelet for his 
wife, and tell the world about it — in 

Christmas in Hollywood is happy 
and hectic and festive and gay and ex- 
pensive, as where in hell isn't it. 

But, above all, Christmas in Holly- 
wood this year is the day on which the 
man in the street, happy in an NRA 
job, can be grateful to the President, 
and the man in the street, with a 
snootful, can be grateful to the Presi- 
dent, too! And that's that . . . and 
we hope you had a very Merry Christ- 
mas — and you . . . and heavens knows, 
if you've read this far, you've earned 
one next year. 


The RKO 


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into its structural forms pure, fine resources 
and energy ... to help others profit by 

excellence of product . . . and to reap the 

just rewards of such service 


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solemn pledge for 1934. 



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Katharine Hepburn 


Ann Harding 


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Irene Dunne 


Victor MacLaglen and 12 stars 


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Worry Me 




O YOU ever wake up in the mid- 
dle of the night and start to worry 
about the darndest things? I do. I 
don't know whether I'm neurasthenic 
or not, but the other night I couldn't 
go to sleep from two till four — just 
worrying how a man happens to be- 
come a trombone player. 

At first I thought to myself — well, 
when he's born his mother looks at 
him lovingly and says to her husband: 
"Wilhelm. wouldn't it be wonderful 
if we could bring little Hans up to be 
a trombone player?" But then I start- 
ed to reason things out, and I saw that 
that couldn't be the way that trom- 
bone virtuosos are conceived. Because, 
In the first place, let us say the mother 
end of the conception DID say: "Wil- 
helm, wouldn't it, etc., etc." Where 
could the father find the boy a trom- 
bone teacher? 

Oh, that kept me awake for hours. 
Take Hollywood for instance! Now 
you'll see all kinds of signs in the win- 
dows — "Piano Taught Here" — "Violin 
Taught Here" — "Screen Voices Devel- 
oped" — "High Colonics"— but you'll 
never see "Trombone Taught Here." 

About three a.m. I got the happy 
idea that maybe the child takes natur- 
ally to the large wind instrument be- 
cause of his father having been a wind 
instrumentalist before him. But then 
I remembered something I had heard 
from a psycho-analyst, who substituted 
for a palmist at a large, fashionable 
party last year. He said that the trom- 
bone player acquires such an affection 
for his instrument — because of its 
hanging around his neck so much — 
that he loses all his taste for women. 
Well, that disproved my three a.m. 
theory, inasmuch as you have to start 
tromboning very young, or you'd never 
start it at all,^ — so by the time the 
young man is ready to have children — 
if he doesn't like women — well, he's 
just out of luck, that's all. 

I finally gave the problem up, but 
I've referred it to our Research Depart- 
ment here. They're wiring to New 
York for some data — and I'm hoping 
the mystery will be solved. 

You'll laugh at me, I know, when I 
tell you what kept me awake last 
night. I just kept worrying and wor- 
rying why there were so many "Cat 
and Dog Hospitals" in Hollywood. I 
think we have even more of them than 
cases of appendicitis. 

Now, I don't recall ever seeing a 
"Cat and Dog Hospital" in New York. 
Surely it can't be fhe lovely climate 
out here, that wears the animals down. 
And Hollywood cats and dogs don't 
smoke, or have any other bad habits 
to weaken them. What can it be? 
The strangest thing about it all is that 
most of the animals hereabouts die 
naturally by being run over! And yet 
nearly every block has a "C and D H." 

I asked an ace director about it, and 
he said that there were more dogs out 
here than in New York. Now I know 
better than to doubt an ace director, 
but I happen to have counted the 
apartment houses on 55th Street in 
New York, and on that one street 
there are 9,762 apartment houses. I 
found that in every apartment house 
on that block there are twelve kept 
women. That makes 117,144 retain- 
ed ladies. Now every retained lady 
has two Pekinese dogs — so that on one 
street in New York alone there are 

234,288 dogs. So you see New York 
must outdog us. I can't work the 
whole thing out! 

These are just my big worries, but 
I have a whole raft of smaller ones. 
For instance: 

How far must the male avocado tree 
be from the female avocado tree to 
produce fruit that the mother can be 
proud of? My tree started off the 
season last Spring with thirteen chil- 
dren, and not one lived long enough 
to become a salad! 

And then at what does our charming 
First Lady of the Land always laugh so 
heartily on all her photos? Surely no 
one could be THAT happy. 

And . . . oh, yes ... do supervisors 
get ALL their phone calls when I'm 
reading a scene to them? 

Then I often worry why gangsters 
in this country aren't kind enough to 
kidnap the men who write our radio 
dialogue. Can you imagine the reward 
they could get for NOT returning 

What becomes of all the tonsils re- 
moved in Hollywood? And are they 
always tonsils? 

Here's a real worry — why doesn't 
someone make a Yiddish version of the 
"Three Little Pigs" for release in Ger- 

Wouldn't you lie awake nights if 
you owned Pico, and knew that dogs in 
the neighborhood had designs to de- 
stroy her prestige as "The Virgin of 

Oh, Life is just a bowl of worries! 


E L YS I A' 









The Firing 




I SUPPOSE a sales manager request- 
ed to write a few words for The Holly- 
wood Reporter would be displaying 
wisdom if he were to gently but firm- 
ly decline. For Hollywood does not al- 
ways take so kindly to either words or 
whole speeches from any one labeled 
with that .crude commercial word 

But pictures have to be SOLD. And 
the men who sell them have to know 
THEIR trade. So, in the same spirit 
with which you would bear with a sug- 
gestion from the camera man or the 
electrician, bear with me. 

You'll HAVE to bear with the sales 
managers this year. And how! 

For this business is right back where 
it started from, down to hardpan, to 
scratching and digging. And it is up 
to Hollywood to learn all it can about 
the change that has taken place, and 
to profit by the knowledge. It is es- 
sential, if we are to continue to live 
in this great business. 

First of all, let me tell you that the 
successful sales manager is on the FIR- 
ING LINE this year — right out there 

in the front line trenches. He is rid- 
ing the Pullmans, traveling the high- 
ways and the byways AND HE HAS 

He is spending hours — and weeks — 
on deals that could once be closed by 
telephone; he is making a hundred 
deals to gather in the same amount of 
revenue that a single contract signa- 
ture would formerly bring him. In 
other words he is SELLING — and no 
longer merely taking orders. 

It was pretty soft in those five years 
or more of boom times when the sales 
manager sitting in one of those famous 
swivel chairs in New York could set 
70 per cent of his gross in HIS OWN 
if his company had no theatres, it was 
comparatively soft. For a mere half 
dozen calls in New York, a scattered 
bunch of long distance calls across the 
country, and he was sitting pretty to 
start his selling season. 

The softness extended to exhibition. 
Showmanship consisted largely of fill- 
ing fifty-two or a hundred and four 
dates at the beginning of the year with 
bulk buys from Companies A, B and 
C, charitably allowing a few surplus 
dates to Companies X, Y and Z, and 
then sitting back to wait for the coin 
to roll in. 

And why not? It was a cinch. Why 
the average theatre could have kept a 
standing sign on the marquee reading 
and packed the house. 

Shed a tear for those days, then a 
few more for the sales manager and 
the exhibitor who faces a completely 
changed condition today. 

But before you give away all your 
sympathy — save some for the creators 
in Hollywood. 

Because it is your problem, too. And 
a damned serious one. 

If picture theatres are not getting 
the money at box offices, AND THEY 
ARE NOT; if picture companies are 
not getting the coin in grosses — AND 
ARE NOT — then you can also take the 
whole problem and dump it right in 
the lap of Hollywood. 

That is where it is going to land 
eventually, anyhow. 

What is the problem? 

The realization, first of all, that the 
days of fabulous million dollar grosses 
are over. The realization, secondly, 
that even the days of those nice and 

juicy two, three and four hundred 
thousand dollar grosses on ordinary 
pictures are over. 

You've got to watch the dollars — 
because the sales manager is digging 
and scratching, and pulling and tearing 
for — cents. 

The margin between outgo and in- 
take is thinner than a tea room sand- 
wich. And only the sales manager 
who is out plugging right on the firing 
line is getting even that slim meal. 

Those are facts, boys and girls of 
Hollywood. Face them. 

Do two things primarily — get down 
to hard pan on expenditures, and 
DON'T EVEN START the type of pic- 
tures that sales experience has proven 
won't get money no matter how well 
you make them. 

The day is gone when any company 
can take a financial licking on an ar- 
tistic success. There is no thick vel- 
vet to spread over the flops. The day 
is past when a company can smile at 
a gallon of red ink on a picture and 
say, "Well, it's one of those things we 
have to try every now and then." 

We'll continue to make pictures. 
We'll continue to sell pictures. We'll 
stay in business. But only those of us 
will stay who realize that what goes 
out of the cashier's window must come 
back at the box office. 

And here's to that BOX OFFICE. 
For, call it an art, industry or business 
— I don't care. I know that my boss, 
and your boss, is that BOX OFFICE. 





During 1933 - 









Just Completed — 





I T GIVES furiously to work for weeks 
and weeks and months and months on 
the part of the entire creative and ex- 
ecutive faculty of the modern Athens 
of the Southwest. Items of whimsy, 
of rousing action, of robust sentiment, 
of velvet steel, of eternal poetry, of 
stop-news breath lessness, of moronic 
appeal, of mature worldliness, are con- 
cocted for the groundlings of a waiting 
nation. Hollywood rests. 


Pittston, Pa. — The attractions for 
the week ending Doomsday, February 
29, at the Quirinal D'Elite, formerly 
the Bijou Dream, formerly Max's, will 
be: Monday night — Crab-Bag Carnival, 
Bring the Kiddies, Two Features, with 
Lionel Barrymore in each; Tuesday 
night — Country Store, with Fox- 
Hearst - Paramount - Pittston Herald 
World-Post News Reel, first exclusive 
showing of the Inauguration of Presi- 
dent Coolidge, Be Sure to Bring the 
Kiddies, Two Features, with JackOakie 
in each; Wednesday night — Cet a Free 
Duesenberg, Appendicitis Operation 
and Apple Orchard, Two Features, 
Don't Fail to Bring the Kiddies, one 
without Lionel Barrymore the other 
without Jack Oakie, Three Shorts, each 
running well over an hour; Thursday 
night — Who's Cot the Lucky Number? 

All red-heads who have one blue eye 
and one brown eye and were born on 
September 7 admitted free. You Must 
Bring the Kiddies, Two Features, one 
with Lionel Barrymore, the other with 
Jack Oakie; Friday night — Take a 
Chance, Kiddies Very Welcome, no 
guarantee about attractions, except 
positively four two-year-old Walt Dis- 
neys and Jack Oakie in both features; 
Saturday night — Major Studio Preview 
of "Beau Ceste," three news-reels 
with first, exclusive showings of Hardy 
Swimmers Brave Icy Waters at Coney 
Island and Secretary Doakes Explains 
Government's Fiscal Attitude Towards 
Fargo County, North Dakota, Kiddies' 
Night, Two Features, with Lionel Bar- 
rymore and Jack Oakie in both. Note: 
Features start regularly at supper time 
and at 11.18 p.m. sharp. 

Sunday — Resident Manager of the 
Quirinal D'Elite, formerly the Bijou 
Dream, formerly Max's, writes home 
office that public is tired of costume 
dramas and war pictures. Our people, 
he adds further, do not care for this 
sophisticated. New York stuff. 


Clendale, Cal. — Government agents 
today attached the bank account of 
Cotton Mather Ginseberge, local club- 
man, on a charge of failing to report 
an income in excess of $250,000 for 
1931 and 1932. An interesting story 
was told by Field Agent Andreas Ge- 
wurra as Mr. Ginseberge was being ar- 

Ginseberge, according to Gewurra, 
had made a habit of lounging in the 
lobby at local previews and contract- 
ing bets with supervisors as they en- 
tered the theatre that, despite his 
never having seen the previewed at- 
traction before, he could tell, when the 
names of the cast were flashed on the 
screen, which two people, male and fe- 
male, would be in each other's arms at 
the end of the picture. Ginseberge's 
greatest achievement, at odds of one 
to eight, was the selection of Gary 
Cooper as the victor in the suit for the 
hand of Miss Carole Lombard, despite 
the fact that the first two reels of the 
picture, with great expense of time, 
money and supervisors' and writers' 
ingenuity, had been devoted to a clear 
exposition of the fact that Miss Lom- 
bard was engaged to Bull Montana, 
who had her father in his financial 
power. Mr. Ginseberge, at the time, 
had even insolently gone to a local 
pool room at the conclusion of the first 
reel, shouting loudly that he would eat 
the film if the final fade-out were de- 

voted to an embrace between Mons. 
Montana and Mile. Lombard. He even 
offered generously to regard his bet as 
lost if the thing ended upon a litter of 
kittens. When asked the secret of his 
mysterious insight — he had already 
won eight times in a row, having se- 
lected Robert Montgomery as the tri- 
umphant suitor for Miss Hayes over 
Ralph Forbes, Marion Davies for Bing 
Crosby over Fifi D'Orsay, Charles Far- 
rell for Janet Gaynor over George 
Stone, Janet Gaynor for Charles Farrell 
over Kitty Kelly, George Brent for Ruth 
Chatterton over Guy Kibbee, Douglas 
Fairbanks Jr. for Katharine Hepburn 
over Adolphe Menjou, William Powell 
for Kay Francis over Paul Lukas, and 
Bruce Cabot for Fay Wray over King 
Kong — he maintained a dignified si- 
lence. It will be remembered that 
three cutters were fired on the charge 
of having given Mr. Ginseberge inside 
information, inasmuch as he could 
otherwise never have guessed the so- 
lution of stories all of which had been 
prepared with great care and most of 
which had been purchased for large 
sums because of their basic novelty. 


Sedalia, Mo. — ^The local police force 
today won a hard-fought victory over 
an enraged mob of picture-goers in 
front of the Colombo Screen Palace 
who had discovered that, on a pretext 
connected with the N. R. A., the price 
of admission had been increased from 
ten cents to fifteen cents for an aver- 
age program consisting of three fea- 
ture films, four news-reels, three 
shorts, six trailers and a stage show 
headed by ex-President Hoover, the lie 
de France and the Committee on Ad- 
missions of the University of Southern 



Joseph M. Schenck 
Darryl F. Zanuck 

and their Associates 

May their six-months' 
old child, named 

"Twentieth Century'' 

Break All Records and 
Win All Championships 
During the Coming Year 

Gene and Graham 


of a Fellow 




ORTRAIT of a fellow acting — 
and the fellow is me. 

They finally reached my scene in the 
Paul Muni flicker. "Hi Nellie." Di- 
rector Mervyn LeRoy gave me orders 
to report on the set, ready for action, 
at 9.15 in the morning. 

"Hi Nellie" is a newspaper yarn. 
The sequence I play in is in a speak- 
easy called the Merry-Co-Round. It is 
fashioned after the place in New York. 
There was some question whether I 
should play a newspaperman or a 

In the beginning Mervyn didn't 
want me to portray a newspaperman, 
as I didn't look the part. However, I 
told him that I wouldn't know how to 
play a drunkard. I never take a drink. 

For two weeks I tried to study the 
role of a drunkard. LeRoy and Muni 
took me to the Colony and Clover 
Clubs. One sip of anything and I was 
in a corner sleeping. When a fellow 
can't play a bum in pictures he's 
through. It looked as if I were 
through before I started. 

LeRoy, however, decided to take a 
chance on me. It was the toss of a 
coin that made Raft a star, it was a 

nose that gave Durante more profile 
than all the Barrymores together and 
made him a star. It's my beard that 
they're depending on to put me over. 

"Take a shave," said Director Le- 
Roy, "so your beard will show and 
hurry over." It seems that I always 
need a shave immediately after shav- 
ing. LeRoy's last instructions were to 
come disguised as a newspaperman. 

I arrived on the speakeasy set at 
9.15 in the morning practically walk- 
ing in my sleep. On Broadway, just 
a few hours earlier, I would be leaving. 
That's Hollywood — night scenes in the 

Then I was informed that Muni 
wasn't going to play in the scene with 
me. He was afraid I'd steal it. He 
was going to assist LeRoy in directing 
me. I'm the kind of an actor that 
needs two directors. 

Ned Sparks of the serious pan is my 
straight man. I don't want to go ham 
like most actors, but there's no tough- 
er guy in the business to play a bit 
with. He can take a scene from the 
best of them. It took me half an hour 
of rehearsals just to look at Sparks and 
not laugh. 

Here is the sequence as we played 
it and as it will appear on the screen. 

I am in the telephone booth in the 
Merry-Co-Round. There is a shot of 
me in the booth, but all you see is the 
telephone and the wire. I am hidden 
from view. It is a disappearing en- 
trance, something new in acting. 

Then Sparks, playing the role of 
Shammy, a newspaperman, walks to- 
ward the booth to make a phone call. 
Excited I see him. I say "Hello, Sham- 
my." He says "Hello, Skolsky." They 
couldn't give Sparks much dialogue 
here. He had a tough time remember- 
ing the word Skolsky. 

After this "Hello" delivered with 
much feeling. Sparks gives me one of 
those hard looks for which he is noted. 
My smart line at this time is to say: 
"What are you smiling about?" Sparks' 
reply is: "Because I'm so happy." Then 
I walk away muttering to myself "He's 
happy." And I take out a piece of 
paper and a pencil and start scribbling. 

Now, I don't believe this is very 
smart dialogue. I want to rewrite the 
scene. There are a couple of good gags 
I'd like to tell. Director LeRoy in- 
forms me that the important point in 
this sequence is to get Sparks into the 
phone booth to keep the picture going, 
and to get me out of the phone booth 
and out of the picture. 

I learned plenty about picture mak- 
ing from my brief appearance. I dis- 
covered how movie boners are made. 
In fact if it wasn't for second director 
Paul Muni I would have committed a 
movie boner. That would have been 
nice. I would have to pan myself in 
my own column for making a movie 

When they shot the sequence of me 
walking out of the phone booth and 
talking to Ned Sparks I had my coat 
buttoned. It took about half an hour 
to make this scene. Then the camera 
and the lights had to be set for a close- 
up. About fifteen minutes later I had 
to do the same sequence again, but this 
time stand still outside the booth as I 
spoke to Sparks. This shot would be 
a close-up, cut into the walking bit, 
showing my face. 

This is what they call acting in the 
movies. Bah! When I was a star in 
the legitimate — that was acting. 

During the lapse of time between 
scenes I had become very warm under 
the lights. I opened my jacket and 
had placed my handkerchief in my 
lapel pocket. On the screen you 
would see me — if you looked real fast 
— leave the phone booth with my jac- 
ket buttoned and no handkerchief. 
Then you'd see me stop to talk and 
my coat would be buttoned and I 
would have a handkerchief. Then 
you'd see me start walking and my 
coat would be unbuttoned and the 
handkerchief gone. 

But Second Director Paul Muni no- 
ticed that. I told you that I'm the 
kind of an actor who needs two di- 

What a performance I give. It's so 
good that I haven't had any other of- 
fers. It's a shame that the Academy 
of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 
isn't going to make its awards this sea- 
son. There'd be no doubt about the 

Katharine Hepburn, of course, 
would get one prize — for the best male 
performance of the year. And I'd get 
the other for the best female perform- 




Good Wishes 

for th 

New Year 





now with 


P a/ing 




Exc usive Management 

F. W. V N C E N T 









and deep appreciation 
to all those with whom 
I have been associated 
during the past year. 



... a year of Paramount Musical Hits 






th Credit where Credit is due 











Season's Greetings 


General Music Director 
Paramount Productions Inc. 

Hello 1934! 

. . . another tuneful Paramount year 

Here's hoping that the 
smallest dog-house we ever 
have been in is bigger than 
the biggest dog-house 

we ever will be in. 

Or something like that. 

Anyway . . . 



L O U I S D. 

Words by 


Music by 




Production Rights Reserved by 



management of 

Small—Landau Company 








Happy New Year to All 
and ^7H AN KS" to 
Everyone Concerned 

in making 

1933 Their Biggest Year 


Paramount Productions, inc. 

During this year we were asso- 
ciated in the making of two 
successful Musical Comedies: 

'College Humor" 


Too Much Harmony" 

And the writing of Nine Hit 
Song Numbers: 

1 . Thanks 

2. The Day You Came Along 

3. The Old Oxroad 

4. Moon Song 

5. Learn To Croon 

6. Moon Struck 

7. Black Moonlight 

8. Twenty Million People 

9. Bucking The Wind 

P.S. — Our First Big 1934 Assignment: 
Bing Crosby in "We're Not Dressing" 



. R A M O U 1 



M T 



( What can we ose ) 





Our PARAMOUNT pa and 
persona manager 


Business Mgr. 

— o— 

P. S. - Cordon & Reve are under 

contract to 











Hollywood 0853 

GRACE NOLAN . . Publicity 



to be produced by HENRY GUTTMANN 

John Barrymore 


"Counse or at Law" 

A Universa Picture 


Directed by 



now preparing 

"Sutter's Cold " 



ew Year's Greetings 



Just Comp eted 





Holiday Greetings 

To Our Friends 

of the 

Motion Picture Colony 







Just Completed Directing 


A Paramount 


Extends to the industry 
the greetings of the 
season in hopes for a 
fruitful year in both the 
production and exhibi- 
tion branches of our 

Greet Ncs 

SAM M N z 

Metro-Co dwyn-Ma/er 



Screen Play'' "Honor Bright" 




A Paramount Picture* '' 

With Austin Parker 
'The Best Show in Town 

Representing Julian Messner, Inc. 
Milton E. Hoffman 

Represented by 
Milton E. Hoffman 

(From Weekly Variety) 


King Features Syndicate has 
bought serial rights to "Too 
Beautiful," first novel by Sylvia 
Thalberg. Yarn goes to the papers 
in February. 

First printing of the book, pub- 
lished by Julian Messner, was 
sold out in five days. It's now in 
a second printing. 

Season's Greetings 


My Friends 


The Industry 






Murder in Trinidad 









These Outstanding Warner Brothers Hits 





with the late Wilson Mizner 


In Collaboration 




Holiday Best Wishes 



Ho iday Greetings 



Associate Producer 


Warner Brothers 

Warner's 3 Smash Musicals 

"42nd Street " 

"Cold Diggers of 1933" 

"Footlight Parade " 


"House on 56th Street " 
"Son of a Sailor" 
"Modern Hero " 
"Harold Teen " 
others in preparation 





In Preparation for Paramount 



Season's Greetings 



Schulberg-Feldman, Inc. 




Season's Greetings 



The Motion Picture Relief 
Fund is YOUR Fund ... the 
Fund that takes care of men 
and women whom YOU knew 
. . . and know. 








and a 

Happy New Year 

to you 

. . . and you . . . 


Associate Producer 

Warner Brothers- First National 





Damaged Lives" 

My Compliments to 

the Motion Picture Industry ! 

Outstanding — the performance of 
the Motion Picture Industry, in 
these trying months behind us! 
Resolute purpose, notwithstanding 
tremendous sacrifice, has marked 
the efforts of your industry to pro- 
vide employment for your staffs, 
and entertainment for the public, 
that hopes and hearts might be en- 
couraged and brighter days created. 
And these are coming! For the 
privilege of working with many of 
you, in this time of stress, my 
thanks to you! 

All My Resources in Equipment, Service and 
Experience Are at Your Disposal That We 
May Work Together for Finer Achievement 
in This Year of Promise, Ahead! 

With my fine, new, modern 
stocks, from which you can choose 
the kind of "props" to make your 
new pictures the success you want 
them to be — with my prompt serv- 
ice and desire to meet your every 
needed demand in cooperation — 
with my lifelong experience and far- 
reaching knowledge of "furniture 
atmosphere" — and my past intimate 
association with the motion picture 
world — I greet you, and invite your 
continued permission to work with 


Art Studios of Distinctive Home Furnishings 

1122 North Western Avenue 

One Block North of Santa Monica Boulevard 
Hollywood, California 



■to the 


• • 


what do they think of your 


Dolores Del Rio and Gene Raymond fror 
the RKO Picture — "Flying Down to Rio" — 
RCA Victor Photophone Sound 

When the big blond hero and the nation's sweetheart went for the 
clinch back in the silent days, that's all there was to it. But now 
there's sound, and the audience thrill as much to those words, those 
sighs and those million dollar inflections, as they do to what they 
see ... if the sound is right. We're not telling you anything new. 
Every show man learned that with his A B C's. But it points to 
this undeniable fact: that good sound is a box office attraction; that 
daily, hundreds of far sighted exhibitors are finding their High 
Fidelity sound equipment as important to the week's gross as the 
best product out of the studios. 

Definitely: you can't team up first rate pictures with second 
rate sound and go under the wire a winner. But, back up the prod- 
uct with a new RCA Victor Photophone High Fidelity installation, 
and you'll know the supreme enjoyment of a mounting box office 
that has been the reward of every exhibitor who has seen the light 
and signed on the dotted line. 



Mal(e them ear happy with High Fidelity 



Located at 1016 North Sycamore Ave. — — 
For prompt and convenient service on 
all sound recording and reproducing 





Increased box office with High Fidelity? 
Prove it and I'll talk turkey! 








Holiday Greetings — 


. in collaboration 





To Be Released Soon 
Screen Pla/s 


Warner Bros. 
First Natl. Productions 




Warren William Lily Damita 


Barbara Stanwyck 

' ' := 

II ,, 

Under Contract to 



Edward C. Robinson Kay Francis 


Joan Blondell Pat O'Brien 


Paul Muni 


In Preparation 

"In Collaboration 




for the 






In 1933 for Paramount 

"College Humor" 

(Screen Play) 

"The Way To Love" 

(Additional Dialogue) 

"Search For Beauty" 

(Screen Play) 

"Ladies Should Listen" 

(Screen Play) 

" Girl Without A Room " 

(Screen Play) 


Story Head Hal Roach Sf-udios 

Under Assignment at Paramount 




Herbert Stothart 


Musical Score 

"Queen Christina" 


Directing for Paramount 

— ♦— 

Current Release 

'Miss Fane's Baby Is Stolen 







Happy New Year 

to all my friends 









wishes you a Happy New Year 
from the set of "The Baby In 
The Icebox," thanks to Chas. 
R. Rogers and Harry joe Brown 





Exclusive Management 





Recent- Productions 










Exclusive Management 


6777 Hollywood Blvd. 









Produced for 

Columbia Pictures Corporation 





. . . Season's Greetings . . . 










Screen Play '■' In Collaboration 







nd S 




Hillside 1)21 


New York 




and Especially 

M. G. M. 




Directed for Paramount Productions, Inc. 







Complimentsof the Season 







Season's Greetings 


Now directing the 
dance numbers - 

George White's Scandals 

Season's Greetings 








George Brent 





Our sincerest best 

wishes to a our 

friends in the industry 


Charles Beyer and Arthur MacArthur 





Holida/ Greetings.. 







from a 



Holiday Greetings 


^^F iDeason's Greetings 

and Many Happy 

Returns to a the 

Friends 1 have 

made through my 

Warner Brothers 


Philip Faversham 

Under Contract to Warner Bros. 








Fashions of 1934 


Journal of a Crime 


Hit Me Again 

Original Story and Screenplay 


The Women In His Life 

Original Story and Screen Play 


By Candlelight 

Adaptation and Screenplay* 
"In Collaboration 

Now Under Long Term Contract To 



Wishes Everyone A HAPPY NEW YEAR 
Recent Pictures 

" Mary Stevens, M. D." 

''College Coach" 


Just Completed 

" Registered Nurse " 

under contract to 
Warner Bros. isiltei_ First National 





Holiday Greetings 










Directed in 1933: 

"Big Cage" 

"Secret of the Blue Room" 

"King For a Night" 


now writing 


Marion Da vies 
M. G. M. 

Season's Greetings 

To All My 

Hollywood Friends 


Collier and Wallis 



rem an 

appreciative client 

of the 





beason's Greetings 



Working with Jesse L. 
Lasky for unique and 
distinctive entertainment 



Jesse L. Lasky 



Greetings — 

William Conselman 







now photographing 








Season's Greetings 





Story-Screen Play-Dialogue 


Screen Adaptation* 


Screen Play-Dialogue* 

FOG (Columbia) 

Screen Play-Dialogue* 


*Collab oration 













Personal Management 


Dear Billy: 

It's too late to thank 
you for your grand re- 
view of "Three-Cor- 
nered Moon" but it is 
timely to say Happy 
New Year. 





Everett Horton 




M. G. M. 

Holiday Greetings 




Personal Management 


A Question 


WHAT big picture today does not in- 
clude backgrounds that call for com- 
posite photography? The answer is obvious. 
. . . The really vital point is: what medium 
to use in photographing these important 
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Vol. XVIII, No. 42. Price 5c 


Tuesday, January 2, 1934 


•A THOUGHT with which to start the 
new year? I suppose there could be 
many. But here's one: 

The coming year will prove the 
greatest test of EXECUTIVE produc- 
tion brains that this industry has yet 

And why? 

For this reason: 

Major production this year will di- 
vide itself more sharply, more defi- 
nitely, more arbitrarily between two 
nrfain classes than ever in the history 
of this industry. The classes are: 

The great attraction on which an 
organization is ready to SHOOT THE 
WORKS, to go to any limits to be 
sure of getting a BIG box office draw; 

And the "organization" picture, 
where the aim is good entertainment, 
but within time schedules and bud- 
gets that match present average 


And why is this purely an EXECU- 
TIVE problem? For this reason: 

Barring the exceptions who would 
be wrong in any line of endeavor, 
there will be no difficulty making 
those "controlled" budget pictures in 
so far as the MAKERS are concerned. 

The crews, starting at director, 
through the camera gang, rounding up 
the sound crew, not neglecting the 
gaffers, grips and props, and following 
through to the dubbing room, will al- 
ways respond LOYALLY to any re- 
quests for speeded-up efficiency. 

We know. We've seen them do 
it. We've seen them respond when 
our right hand was making a salary cut 
and our left hand pleading for help. 

So what? 

just this: If there is any failure in 
delivering top notch entertainment on 
these "controlled" budget pictures — 
it will not be from the MAKERS. 

It will be at the TOP — the dozen 
or so executives and their associate 
I producers — to whom is given the de- 
cision as to WHAT TO MAKE, and 
what PREPARATION it is given be- 
fore it is made. 

It's up to YOU, big boys. The 
MAKERS will deliver. Just as Jack 
Warner says they are delivering for 
him. But it is in your judgment that 
the result lies — on your judgment as 
I to WHAT you decide to make, and the 
INTELLIGENCE you give the prepa- 
ration of it before you start. 

Sutherland Improves 

Bulletins on the condition of 
Eddie Sutherland over the week- 
end and up to a late hour last night 
continued encouraging. The pjopu- 
lar director turned for the better 
Saturday evening, after two trans- 
fusions within twenty-four hours, 
and last night's bulletin reported 
"improved pulse and general vital- 

Pickford Will Play 
B & K Chi Houses 

Chicago. ^ — Mary Pickford and Bala- 
ban and Katz are negotiating for a 
series of personal appearances here for 
the famous screen star in the "Twelve 
Pound Look" vehicle she appeared 
with at the New York Paramount. 

Showmen here, in touch with the 
New York situation, hear that Mary's 
personal draw and good performance 
saved the week at the Paramount with 
"Alice in Wonderland." The Bala- 
ban and Katz negotiations are a re- 
sult of this opinion. 

Wanger and Party Due 

Here Next Thursday 

New York. — Walter Wanger, Major 
John Zanft, Allen Rivkin and P. J. 
Wolfson left here by train Sunday 
for the coast, arriving Thursday. 

Wanger, Rivkin and Wolfson have 
been in New York ten days taking in 
the new shows. 

Par-Famous Name Change 

Wilmington. — Paramount Famcus- 
Lasky Corporation has changed its 
name in Delaware to the Lares Thea- 
tre Corporation of New York. 

Joseph Schenck Cables From 
Europe Restoring Last Year's 
Salary Cuts-^F/rst Of Majors 

New York — It's a real happy New Year in the far-flung 
United Artists distributing organization. When Joseph Schenck 
found it necessary to inflict salary cuts last Spring he gave his 
bond to the employees that the cuts would be restored as soon as 

business warranted it. And he chose 

the most appropriate day of the year 
to keep his promise. For on Satur- 
day he cabled from Europe restoring 
the cuts as of January 1 . 

This puts United Artists first in 
line among the majors to be in a posi- 
( Continued on Page 2) 

Col. Negotiates For 
Jan Kiepura Loan 

Columbia is negotiating with Jan 
Kiepura to take over his one-picture 
deal that Universal holds. Latter stu- 
dio is agreeable but the decision is m 
the hands of the player who is in Lon- 
don. Joe May, who directed Kiepura 
in "A Song For You," is now under 
the Columbia pennant. 

Corrinne Griffith Returns 

Ccrnnne Griffith, having finished a 
successful tour of Noel Coward's play 
"Design for Living," arrived in town 
Sunday by plane for picture work. M. 
C. Levee, her personal manager, has 
two offers for the actress. 

Sam Briskin Hurries 

New York. — Sam Briskin didn't 
wait for the New Year's in New York 
but got away fcr the coast by train 
Saturday afternoon. 

TRLS TEES' $152,000 RILL 

Applications of trustees and attor- 
neys in the Fox West Coast bank- 
ruptcy proceedings for fees of ap- 
proximately $152,000 were turned 
down by Referee McNabb, who coun- 
tered with offers of about $36,000. 

Charles Skcuras, Charles C. Irwin 
and William H. Moore Jr. were the 
three trustees in bankruptcy, while 
the attorneys included O'Melveny, 
Tuller & Myers, and Attorney Reuben 
G. Hunt. 

The referee made no comment on 
the size of the requests, and even ex- 

pressed his knowledge that the trus- 
tees and attorneys had worked long 
and hard, but based his refusal on an 
unwillingness to grant such large fees 
until he had evidence of the estate's 

T. I. Talley appeared at the hearing 
protesting against all allowances until 
he could bring forth evidence of al- 
leged irregularities in the administra- 
tion of Fox West Coast. Attorney 
Saul Klein also appeared on behalf of 
a lawyer's committee investigating the 

Studios Fortunate 
In Rain Damages 

Hollywood studios were fairly for- 
tunate in effects from the unprece- 
dented downpour over the week-end 
that reached flood proportions in many 

A late check-up yesterday found 
exterior sets holding up fairly well at 
most plants, with crews ready to start 
wo-k today to repair the minor dam- 
2ge done. Paramount had a crew 
working all day yesterday to have cer- 
tain sets ready for today. 

Universal, RKO, Columbia and 
N1CM reported ncsericus damage. At 
Fox Westwood Hills all but one phone 
line was cut of order. At Paramount 
chief demage was in flooding the 
bfsement, with the accounting stor- 
age vaults inundated. All lights at 
Param.ount were off from m.idnight 
to 6 a.m. 

Rogers Loses Sleep to 
Save Drivers from Flood 

W.ll Rogers get up cut of a nice 
warm bed yesterday morning at 4 
o'clock to warn automobiists the 
bridge just below his hcuse had been 
washed away. Many persons are 
thankful for Rogers' thcughtfulness. 

Gene Fowler Complains 

New York. — Gene Fowler is in New 
York stating that he just escaped from 
Hollywood in time to save his mind. 
Also complaining that he was docked 
$1.S5 on his last week's check and 
still doesn't know what it was about. 

Marx Rests Another Week 

Sam Marx, MGM scenario editor, 
will not return to his desk today as 
he had planned. His doctor ordered 
him to take another week's rest. 

Dr. Giannini Comes West 

New York. — Dr. A. H. Giannini of 
the Bank of America left fcr Los An- 
geles on Sunday. 

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Vol. XVIII, No. 42. Price 5c 


Tuesday, January 2, 1934 



Joseph Schenck Cables From 
Europe Restoring Last Year's 
Salary Cuts-^F/rst Of Aia/ors 

New York — It's a real happy New Year in the far-flung 
United Artists distributing organization. When Joseph Schenck 
found it necessary to inflict salary cuts last Spring he gave his 
bond to the employees that the cuts would be restored as soon as 

business warranted it. And he chose 

•A THOUGHT with which to start the 
new year? I suppose there could be 
many. But here's one: 

The coming year will prove the 
gceatest test of EXECUTIVE produc- 
tion brains that this industry has yet 

And why? 

For this reason: 

Major production this year will di- 
vide itself more sharply, more defi- 
nitely, more arbitrarily between two 
rrtain classes than ever in the history 
of this industry. The classes are: 

The great attraction on which an 
organization is ready to SHOOT THE 
WORKS, to go to any limits to be 
sure of getting a BIG box office draw; 

And the "organization" picture, 
where the aim is good entertainment, 
but within time schedules and bud- 
gets that match present average 


And why is this purely an EXECU- 
TIVE problem? For this reason: 

Barring the exceptions who would 
be wrong in any line of endeavor, 
there will be no difficulty making 
those "controlled" budget pictures in 
so far as the MAKERS are concerned. 

The crews, starting at director, 
through the camera gang, rounding up 
the sound crew, not neglecting the 
gaffers, grips and props, and following 
through to the dubbing room, will al- 
ways respond LOYALLY to any re- 
quests for speeded-up efficiency. 

We know. We've seen them do 
it. We've seen them respond when 
our right hand was making a salary cut 
and cur left hand pleading for help. 

So what? 

Just this: If there is any failure in 
delivering top notch entertainment on 
these "controlled" budget pictures — 
it will not be from the MAKERS. 

It will be at the TOP — the dozen 
or so executives and their associate 
producers — to whom is given the de- 
cision as to WHAT TO MAKE, and 
what PREPARATION it is given be- 
fore it is made. 

It's up to YOU, big boys. The 
MAKERS will deliver. Just as Jack 
Warner says they are delivering for 
him. But it is in your judgment that 
the result lies — on your judgment as 
to WHAT you decide to make, and the 
INTELLIGENCE you give the prepa- 
ration of it before you start. 

Sutherland Improves 

Bulletins on the condition of 
Eddie Sutherland over the week- 
end and up to a late hour last night 
continued encouraging. The p'op)ij- 
lar director turned for the better 
Saturday evening, after two trans- 
fusions within twenty-four hours, 
and last night's bulletin reported 
"improved pulse and general vital- 

Pickford Will Play 
B & K Chi Houses 

Chicago. — Mary Pickford and Bala- 
ban and Katz are negotiating for a 
series of personal appearances here for 
the famous screen star in the "Twelve 
Pound Lock" vehicle she appeared 
with at the New York Paramount. 

Showmen here, in touch with the 
New York situation, hear that Mary's 
personal draw and good performance 
saved the week at the Paramount with 
"Alice in Wonderland." The Bala- 
ban and Katz negotiations are a re- 
sult of this opinion. 

Wanger and Party Due 

Here Next Thursday 

New York. — Walter Wanger, Major 
John Zanft, Allen Rivkm and P. J. 
Wolfson left here by train Sunday 
for the coast, arriving Thursday. 

Wanger, Rivkin and Wolfson have 
been in New York ten days taking in 
the new shows. 

Par-Famous Name Change 

Wilmington.- — Paramount Famcus- 
Lasky Corporation has changed its 
name in Delaware to the Lares Thea- 
tre Corporation of New York. 


the most appropriate day of the year 
to keep his promise. For on Satur- 
day he cabled from Europe restoring 
the cuts as of January 1 . 

This puts United Artists first in 
line among the majors to be in a posi- 
(Continued on Page 2) 

Col. Negotiates For 
|an Kiepura Loan 

Columbia is negotiating with Jan 
Kiepura to take over his one-picture 
deal that Universal holds. Latter stu- 
dio is agreeable but the decision is in 
the hands of the player who is in Lon- 
don. Joe May, who directed Kiepura 
in "A Song For You," is now under 
the Columbia pennant. 

Corrinne Griffith Returns 

Ccrrinne Griffith, having finished a 
successful tour of Noel Coward's play 
"Design for Living," arrived in town 
Sunday by plane for picture work. M. 
C. Levee, her personal manager, has 
two offers for the actress. 

Sam Briskin Hurries 

New York. — Sam Bnskm didn't 
wait for the New Year's in New York 
but got away for the coast by train 
Saturday afternoon. 

TRUSTEES' $152,000 RILL 

Applications cf trustees and attor- 
neys in the Fox West Coast bank- 
ruptcy proceedings for fees of ap- 
proximately $152,000 were turned 
down by Referee McNabb, who coun- 
tered with offers cf about $36,000. 

Charles Skouras, Charles C. Irwin 
and William H. Moore Jr. were the 
three trustees in bankruptcy, while 
the attorneys included O'Melveny, 
Tuller & Myers, and Attorney Reuben 
G. Hunt. 

The referee made no comment on 
the size of the requests, and even ex- 

pressed his knowledge that the trus- 
tees and attorneys had worked long 
and hard, but based his refusal on an 
unwillingness to grant such large fees 
until he had evidence of the estate's 

T. I. Tailey appeared at the hearing 
protesting against all allowances until 
he could bring forth evidence of al- 
leged irregularities in the administra- 
tion of Fox West Coast. Attorney 
Saul Klein also appeared on behalf of 
a lawyer's committee investigating the 

Studios Fortunate 
In Rain Damages 

Hollywood studios were fairly for- 
tunate in effects from the unprece- 
dented downpcur over the week-end 
that reached flood proportions in many 

A late check-up yesterday found 
exterior sets holding up fairly well at 
most plants, with crews ready to start 
work today to repair the minor dam- 
age done. Paramount had a crew 
working all day yesterday to have cer- 
tain sets ready for today. 

Universal, RKO, Columbia and 
NICM reported no serious damage. At 
Fox Westwccd Hills all but one phone 
line was cut of order. At Paramount 
chief dsm^age was in flooding the 
basement, with the accounting stor- 
age vaults inundated. All lights at 
Param.cunt were off from m.idnight 
to 6 a.m. 

Ros'ers Loses Sleep to 
Save Drivers from Flood 

Will Rogers got up cut cf a nice 
warm bed yesterday morning at 4 
o'clock to warn automobiists the 
bridge just below his hcuse had been 
washed away. Many persons are 
thankful for Rogers' thoughtfulness. 

Gene Fowler Complains 

New York. — Gene Fowler is in New 
York stating that he just escaped from 
Hollywood in time to save his mind. 
Also complaining that he was docked 
$1.85 on his last week's check and 
still doesn't know what it was about. 

Marx Rests Another Week 

Sam Marx, MGM scenario editor, 
will not return to his desk today as 
he had planned. His doctor ordered 
him to take another week's rest. 

Dr. Ciannini Comes West 

New York. — Dr. A. H. Giannmi of 
the Bank of America left for Los An- 
geles on Sunday. 

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It may have been the wet weather 
— inside and out — or it may have just 
been the winding up of the old year. 
But you should have heard the wild 
and woolly rumors that drifted over 
the news editor's desk as the old year 
saw its way out. And so many 
"friends of a friend of a friend" 
would swear to the truth of each one 
that it needed a sieve, a sifter, and 
a yard of cheese cloth to keep them 
out of the paper. 


It started about Tuesday with the 
"absolute guaranteed" statement that 
Lasky was hurrying east after the first 
of the year to settle his Fox deal and 
move over to Radio. 

Much telephoning and scurrying — 
finally Lasky was reached. You could 
hear his laugh and almost see his smile 
over the phone. Then B. B. Kahane. 
"Well," he said, "If Mr. Lasky is 
looking for a job 1 guess we'd be 
darned glad to grab him. But it just 
happens to be one of the things that 
has never been given a thought." 

Wednesday it shifted. On the oath 
of a son of Mohammed you were told 
that it was B. P. Schulberg who would 
be signed "any minute" to go to Ra- 
dio. This died an early death when 
B. P. — caught on his way to a set — 
dryly remarked that he still had a con- 
tract with Paramount until October I 
— and that ought to sette it. 

Thursday was New York's day — 
and the Emanuel Cohen story — quick- 
ly denied by Adolph Zukor. 

And so it went. Just seeing an old 
year out, boys and girls. But if you 
wanted to top them all, it was just 
necessary to travel to the right spots 
over Saturday and Sunday. The busi- 
ness was taken apart and put together 
again. But strange as it may seem — 
especially if you are a little groggy — 
those are the same faces you see on 
the boss's as you return to the desk 
this A.M. Oh, hum. 

Ennis Quits Majestic 

New York. — Bert Ennis has re- 
signed as director of advertising and 
publicity for Majestic Pictures. 


Paramount prod.; directors, Crover Jones and William Slavens McNutt; writers, 
Max Miller, Crover Jones, William Slavens McNutt, Agnes Brand Leahy. 

Rialto Theatre 

Times: The dramatic composition of the scenes runs the gamut of mediocrity 
from the unbelievably commonplace to the aggresively overdone. 

American: It is a good story, well played by reliable Dick Arlen, attractive Judith 
Allen and Charles Crapewin. The dual direction of Crover Jones and 
William Slavens McNutt keeps the story moving. 

Pest: The Riaito film fails to carry a credible flavor, and it is further weakened 
by several cumbrous players whose exaggerated acting brings out the 
worst in a pretty bad story, which is a strained and unconventional one. 

WorJd-Telegram: It is not dull, nor is it without a good idea. But it seems to 
be just one of those "nice" uninspiring little weaklings that are damned 
to be only moderately amusing. It is cluttered up with sequences that 
have no direct bearing on the main idea and which all too frequently hin- 
der what little action and characterization there is. 

{ournal: Although it hasn't much plot, the picture is told with such charm and 
numan understanding that it goes into the better-than-average class. The 
dialogue is delightfully natural and diverting. 

Mirror: An able and pleasing company struggles with the material, but fails to 
make it very interesting. 

Herald-Tribune: Paramount's production Is far from being the delightful diver- 
sion that reading one of Miller's books is. It is too often dull and un- 
eventful to be worth the hour passed watching it. 

Lesser Forms New 
Non-Theatrical Co. 

Sol Lesser has formed a new or- 
ganization. Principal Non-Theatrical 
Pictures Corporation, which with the 
international affiliations arranged by 
Lesser on his recent trip abroad will 
specialize in 16mm. sound on film 
subjects for the non-theatrical market. 

It is a New York corporation with 
Alfred Cohen acting as general mana- 
ger from offices in the RKO building. 
New York City. The com.pany starts 
with a library of over 200 subjects. 
Seventy branch offices will be opened 
for physical distribution before May. 

Grier at Bev-Wi!shire 

Jimmy Crier makes his season's bow 
in the Cold Room of the Beverly- Wil- 
shire this evening. Cogo Deslys, 
Harry Foster, Ray Bradford, Craig 
Leitch and the Three Bad Boys are in- 
cluded the entertainers. 

Credit to Orry Kelly 

The gowns which the reviewer 
raved about in Warners' "Fashions of 
1934" were designed by Orry .Kelly. 

Ian. 2, 1934 

feanette M'Donald 
Exclusive at MGM 

Jeanette MacDonald will start the 
new year off with a brand new con- 
tract at a nice tilt in salary. MCM 
is closing a new deal with the player 
on a new two-year arrangement, 
wherein the star will give her services 
exclusively for that period. Her pres- 
ent contract, which will be destroyed 
when she signs the new one, calls for 
the star to make three pictures a year 
with the right to make an outside pic- 
ture and also gives her the right to 
option the studio. 


and Company 



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New York Portland 

Seattle Oakland 

San Francisco 

Los Angeles 

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!-A's Happy New Year 

(Continued from Page I ) 

tion and have the willingness to make 
good on the promises of the salary 
cut era. 

It brings a Happy New Year to 
more than five hundred employees of 
the distributing organization in this 
country alone. Salaries in the brack- 
ets under $100, where the cuts hurt 
the most and the return is most help- 
ful, are restored immediately in full. 
In the higher brackets an appreciable 
chunk is restored as of January 1 , 
with the balance to come as business 
warrants in the very near future. 

Al Lichtman, in making the an- 
nouncement, stated that the restora- 
tion is made in view of the fine busi- 
ness done by the company beginning 
with "The Bowery," and m anticipa- 
tion of the better business to come 
with the general release of "Roman 
Scandals," "Callant Lady" and 

The news is easily the big topic to- 
day in New York and exchange cen- 
ters of the country, where employees 
took so many cuts and heard so many 
promises over recent years that it 
sounds like something of a fairy tale 
to hear of a major exec remembering 
his promise from far off Europe. 

The Tax 
ExeMipt Feature 

of Highgrade Municipal Bonds is most 
attractive to those with large incomes, 
but the factor safety of principal 
should attract every investor. Highgrade 
Municipal Bonds are safe, tax exempt and 
contain a high degree of marketability. 


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Jan. 2, 1934 

Page Three 


Conrad Nagel Good 
But No Pic In This 

Play Looks Like Bet 
For Screen Thoygh 


led Harris presents Katharine Hepburn 
in "The Lake," by Dorothy 
Massingham and Murray McDon- 
ald. With Frances Starr, Blanche 
Bates, Lionel Pape, Roberta Beat- 
ty, Geoffrey Wardwell, Colin 
Clive, Lucy Beaumont and oth- 
ers. ' Settings by )o Mielziner. 
New York. — It would, we suppose, 
be entirely possible to find a play some 
day that would do Miss Hepburn as 
much credit as she lends vitality and 
worth to a vehicle, but what with the 
holiday spirit and the excitement of 
having Miss Hepburn in person on the 
stage there is no sense in quibbling 
too much over the mediocre material 
into which Hepburn breathes life. 
Written in a completely pseudo-intel- 
lectual manner, the play nevertheless 
offers plenty of the stuff that good 
pictures can be made of in that be- 
cause of the writing, most of the vital 
action evidently takes place off stage 
and with that written in there is noth- 
ing to stop any studio from making 
the most of it. And it does offer a 
studio the opportunity to make use 
of a number of contract players who 
could each do a good bit toward mak- 
ing it a well rounded picture. 

Hepburn's is the part of Stella Sur- 
rege, a fine, spirited English gal stuck 
away among the landed gentry in a 
small town, looking for romance. In- 
fatuation for a good looking, weak, 
married gent overtakes her first, but 
the gal has her pride and in order to 
save it decides to marry John Clayne, 
a noble fellow who loves her enough 
to help her out. On her wedding day 
Stella finds the courage to tell him 
all, because she has realized at last 
that it is really John whom she loves. 
Tragedy dogs Stella's footsteps, how- 
ever, when as she and John slip away 
from the reception their car skids and 
John is drowned in the lake that 
Stella's selfish mamma had insisted on 
installing to make the place look like 
an estate. The play should really 
have ended then and there. However, 
there had to be a third act, and that 
is taken up with platitudes and coun- 
ter-truisms in an effort to make Stella 
realize her life is really not over, too. 
It is the acting that deserves the 
notices and Hepburn is no disappoint- 
ment. And the gal is pitted against 
two excellent veterans, Blanche Bates 
and Frances Starr, both of whom do 
fine work in their respective roles of 
the lovable, hard-boiled, understanding 
maiden aunt; and the selfish, fluttery 
completely bourgeoise mamma. Lio- 
nel Pape keeps a badly written role 
from dripping into burlesque as the 
downtrodden, spineless father. Geof- 
frey Wardwell is the attractive so- 
andso who couldn't love enough to give 
up his comfort. And Colin Clive is 
the noble gent and sorry indeed are 
we for him. Mr. Clive's part is just 
about the vaguest piece of characteri- 
zation that any two authors had to 
collaborate on and on top of that he is 
forced to speak mainly m unfinished 
sentences and assume awkward si- 

*The Lion Roars' 

The luncheon which Jack War- 
ner is throwing for the Columbia 
football team today will be 
broadcast over a national hookup. 
Joe E. Brown will act as master of 
ceremonies and most of studio's big 
names will be on hand 


George O'Brien Up 
For Sol Lesser Lead 

George O'Brien's first picture since 
he severed his connections with Fox 
will likely be an independent produc- 
tion for Sol Lesser. Lesser is negoti- 
ating with M. C. Levee, O'Brien's per- 
sonal representative, for the star to 
play the top spot in the Harold Bell 
Wright novel "When a Man's a Man." 

HackeH-Coodrich Team 
Gets New MOM Ticket 

The writing team of Albert Hackett 
and Frances Goodrich scheduled to 
check off the MGM payroll the end 
of next month were handed "Naughty 
Marietta," Victor Herbert's operetta, 
Saturday. Team will turn in a treat- 
ment on this old-timer, and if satis- 
factory studio plans to ask them to 
fashion the screen play. 

The pair had been set to go east 
for a Broadway play. 

'U' Sets Sloman Scripter 

Universal Saturday signed Christine 
Ames to write the screen play on the 
picture which Ted Sloman will direct 
for the studio tentatively titled "To- 
day We Live." Miss Ames recently 
sold "The Human Side" to Universal 
for early production. 

Wheeler- Woolsey East 

Dorothy Lee leaves for the east to- 
morrow night with Bert Wheeler and 
Robert Woolsey to make personal ap- 
pearances and do radio work. Group 
goes to Detroit first, then on to New 
York. Will be back in five weeks. 

Lyie Talbot Mystery 

Lyie Talbot's whereabouts continue 
to be a mystery. When last heard 
from the player was on his way to 
the Hearst ranch at San Simeon, but 
Warners, wanting him for immediate 
picture, has yet to locate him. 

Krasna Entirely Free 

Coincidental with his release from 
his Columbia long termer, Norman 
Krasna is off the MGM payroll. 
Writer's arrangement at MGM was on 
a loan-out basis from Columbia. 

Fox Seeks Jewell 

Fox placed a bid with MGM Satur- 
day for the loan of Isabel Jewell. 
George White wants the player for a 
featured role in his "Scandals." 

lences. Mr. Clive does nobly — if he 
hadn't, no one would have noticed 
him at all. 

Jo Mielziner has contributed one of 
those very lovely sets that calls forth 
appreciative applause as the curtain 
goes up. 


Lee Shubert presents "The First A|»- 
ple," by Lynn Starling, directed 
by Bela Blau; setting by Arthur 
Segal. With Irene Purcell, Con- 
rad Nagel, A. J. Herbert, Nana 
Bryan, Spring Byington, Albert 
Van Dekker. 
New York. — An unfortunately sad 
little comedy, which in spite of an 
entirely capable cast doesn't stand 
much chance. And despite the fact 
that it is presented in a prologue and 
three acts there is barely enough in it 
for a Vitaphone short. 

Mr. Lynn Starling (who was re- 
sponsible for a hit once) has gone so 
far in his manufacture of an evening's 
whimsy as to try to make you believe 
that a gal wouldn't marry the man 
she really loved (and to whom she 
had "given all" under the influence of 
Brahms) unless her fiance would 
give his consent to breaking off her 
engagement to him. Such is honor 
among the younger generation brought 
up in a household devoted to phony 
"isms" filled with a mamma who is 
a very unfunny cross between Mahat- 
ma Gandhi and Aimee Semple Mc- 
Pherson. After a third act devoted 
to fifth rate Coward dialogue on the 
value of chives, they all finally get 
around to marrying off mamma to the 
honorable fiance, so's the daughter 
can have her Brahms, and eventually, 
it is to be hoped, after the first fine 
flush of love has gone get an cppor- 
tunity to hear it well played. 

It's perhaps a little childish tc be 
quite as bitter about it all, but with 
such a really good cast, and an author 
who IS no novice, one has a right to 
expect something with a little less 
hay m It and at least a fair share of 
hey, hey. Conrad Nagel and Irene 
Purcell are really very, very good in- 
deed. But Spring Byington, Nana Bry- 
ant and Albert Van Dekker walk 
around aimlessly in pretty dull roles 
and most particularly are the comedy 
talents of Miss Byington completely 

Cleaning Up Odd Scenes 
On Cat and the Fiddle' 

MGM v.'ill put "Cat and the Fid- 
dle" back in production for retakes 
and added scenes this week. Ramon 
Novarro has finished his latest picture, 
"Laughing Boy," and is now available, 
and Jeanette MacDonId is between 
pictures. Seymour Felix is the super- 

Oliver Acts for Lloyd 

Harold Lloyd was so impressed with 
Harry Oliver's work on MGM's "Viva 
Villa" he has signed the art director 
to supervise the sets for "Cat's Paw," 
his next picture, which goes into pro- 
duction shortly. 

Berkowitz in East 

New York. — J. S. Berkowitz, Ma- 
jestic franchise holder for California, 
Arizona and Nevada, is in New York 
for conferences with Herman Cluck- 
man and E. H. Goldstein. 

And, of course, the pay-off on all 
the stones about who gave what to 
whom for Christmas is the story about 
the Strand Theatre Building. All of 
youse people m Hollywood who ever 
had anything to do with Broadway and 
show business must be able to recall 
a hundred or more slightly sad but 
amusing stories about that place which 
IS the Poverty Row of Broadway. So 
things being what they are, the ele- 
vator boys in that building decided to 
chip in and buy presents for the ten- 
ants! Not only that, but an "execu- 
tive" of one of the "big firms" in 
that building handed in his resigna- 
tion to take over a city job that pays 
a comfortable twenty dollars a week. 
. . . The only thing that ever sur- 
prised us about the cycle started by 
"Grand Hotel" was that nobody ever 
tore through the Strand Building and 
made a story out of that. It's got a 
million laughs and heartbreaks in it 
all about the most down-to-earth peo- 
ple you can find. 

At a large cocktail party the other 
day that consisted mainly of celebri- 
ties somehow a non-professional crept 
into the crowd who didn't know any 
one but the man who brought her. 
Afte.' listening to a number of conver- 
sations she finally cornered some one 
and started asking who the people 
were And every time she asked who 
scandso was and what he did she got 
the answer in hushed whispers that 
he was a writer, or a playwright, or an 
author. So at the end of the cross- 
questioning the gal came out with, 
'Migod, they've brought me up here 
tc lionize me ! 


Ken McKenna has found a play and 
IS directing it for Alfred deLiagre. The 
name of it is "By Your Leave" and 
ccmes into town the very early part 
of January. . . . Betty Starbuck had to 
get leave of absence from rehearsals 
of "Hold Your Horses" in order to get 
to the Hepburn opening. And to get 
back to that memorable evening for 
just a moment, Mrs. Joe Meilzinger 
had on just about the smartest eve- 
ing costume that ever caused a man 
to want to find out who was wearing 
it. White corduroy with tailored coat 
to match and reddish-orange scarf 
worn in the stock manner. . . . The 
rumor persists that in spite of the 
silly Barrymore episode in Philadel- 
phia, Eva LeGallienne sold her bill of 
goods in Washington that will estab- 
lish a National Theatre in this country, 
subsidized by the government and evi- 
dently to be directed by Miss LeGal- 
lienne. Mrs. Roosevelt is said to be 
the main sponsor of this idea, which 
will be run similar to the ones now 
existing in France, Austria, Mexico and 
a number of other countries. The 
theatre will probably functon either 
here or in Washington. 

Rialto Gets 'Chour 

New York. — "The Ghoul," Gau- 
mont British picture, has been booked 
for the Rialto following "Man's Cas- 
tle." "I Was a Spy," another G-B, 
will play in the Roxy Theatre about 
the same time. 



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as these to give it the 
campaign it deserves! 






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'Gallant Lady' 

{20th Century) 

Hollywood, Dec. 5. — "Gallant Lady" is big and fine. A thrilling pic- 
ture, throbbing with a measured beat of human sympathy. 

Audiences will meet, know, and be pulling for as swell a group of 
human beings, led by Ann Harding and a stellar cast, as have graced 
the screen in some time. 

Not since "Holiday" has Miss Harding been accorded such a genuine, 
sincere and meaty role. She handles it with feeling and telling effect. 

The story concerns a girl courageous. Her fiance, killed in a take-of? 
on a trans-Atlantic flight, forces her to have her child adopted. Her 
attachments to three men, her business success, her yearning and quest 
for her baby boy, and her final break for happiness are meager high- 
lights of an absorbing plot. 

Charged with quiet power, suffused with poignant pathos, the picture 
reveals dramatic heartbreak in a touching and tender mood. Sigh and 
Sob are broken by smiles and laughs. Ann Harding softly etches a 
portrait that engraves itself on one's memory. 

Give Brook, as a social outcast, elevates human frailty superbly. 
Tullio Carminatt is gay. Otto Kruger is dependable, and both give 
quality performances as the two other men in Ann Harding's life. Janet 
Beecher, rich in stage experience, turns in a warm, competent and sin- 
cere portrayal. Dickie Moore is a lovable, regular fellow. Betty 
Lawford, as the -female menace, handles a tough job nicely. 

Gregory La Cava's direction, keeping the human values well in front 
at all times, is expert in all departments. Sam Mintz's screen play is 
a model of craftsmanship. 

"Gallant Lady" explores the heartaches and gropings of real people. 
Its soft symphony reaches the hidden springs of emotions and plays 
wholesome music on the heartstrings. 

Appealing to all classes, "Gallant Lady" may well be considered out- 
standing, should do standout business where Ann Harding's name pulls 
and should rejuvenate her popularity elsewhere. 


National Trade Showings Tomorrow, January 3 

Los Angeles District Showing Boulevard Theatre at 1:00 P. M. 

Page Six 


Ian. 2. 1934 



This Week 25 Features 

Last Week 29 Features 

Year Ago - 36 Features 

2 Years Ago 26 Features 



Cast: John Boles, Pat Paterson, 
Spencer Tracy, Sid Silvers, Herbert 
Mundin, Ann Darcy, Beverly Royde, 
Harry Green. 

Director David Butler 

Story and Screen Play: B. C. DeSylva, 

David Butler, Sid Silvers. 
Music and Lyrics: Harold Adamson, 
Gus Kahn, Berton Lane, Richard 

Dance Direction... Harold Hecht 

Photography -,^'*r^^ ,'^' 

Producer.. B. C. DeSylva 


Cast: All Star. 

Director Hamilton MacFadden 

Story Idea ^'I^u'^°^t7 

and Phihp Klein 

Book and Story Lew Brown 

Music Jay Corney 

Songs and Lyrics Lew Brown 

Photography Emest Palnner 

Musical Nunnbers Staged by 

Sammy Lee 

Musical Director Arthur Lange 

Producer - Winfield Sheehan 

Associate Producer Lew Brown 


Cast: Rudy Vallee, George White, 
Alice Faye, Jimmy Durante, Adri- 
enne Ames, Cliff Edwards, Dixie 

Directors Thornton Free land 

and Harry Lachman 

Story George White, Sam Shipman 

Screen Play.- William Conselman 

Dialogue Joseph Cunningham 

Photography Lee Garmes 

and George Schneiderman 
Music and Lyrics: Ray Henderson, Irv- 
ing Caesar and Jack Yellen. 

Oance Direction Georgie Hale 

Producer George White 


Cast: Will Rogers, Louise Dresser, 
Irene Bentley, Kent Taylor, Evelyn 
Venable, Ralph Morgan, Roger Im- 
hof, Noah Beery, Stephin Fetchit, 
Sarah Padden, Frank Melton. 

Director James Cruze 

Story Edward Noyes Westcott 

Screen Play.. Walter Woods 

Photography Hal Mohr 

Producer Winfield Sheehan 



Cast: Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen 
O'Sullivan, Neil Hamilton, Doris 
Lloyd, Frank Reicher, Paul Cava- 
r»agh, William Stack, Desmond 
Roberts, Yola D'Avril, Forrester 

Director Cedric Gibbons 

Adaptation Leon Gordon 

Screen Play J. K. McGuinness 

Photography Charles Clarke 

and Clyde DeVinna 
Producer Bernard Hyman 


Cast: Wallace Beery, Katherine De 
Mille, Leo Carrillo, George E. Stone, 
Pedro Rigas, Joseph Schildkraut, 
Stuart Erwin, Raymond Borzage, 
Donald Cook, Nigel DeBrulier, Tom 
Ricketts, Leo White, Harry Cord- 
ing, Fay Wray, Stuart Erwin, Henry 
B. Walthall. 

Director Jack Conway 

Novel Edgcumb Pinchon 

Screen Play Ben Hecht 

Photography James Howe 

Producer David 0. Selznick 


Cast; Norma Shearer, Robert Mont- 
gomery, Herbert Marshall, Lilyan 
Tashman, Ralph Forbes, Mrs. Pat- 
rick Campbell, Arthur jarrett. Earl 
Oxford, Halliwell Hobbes, Donald 
Grieg, Samuel May, Helen Jerome 
Eddy, Peter Hobbes, George K. Ar- 
thur, Donald Greig, Eddie Nugent, 
E. E. Clive. 

Director Edmund Goulding 

Story Charles MacArthur 

Photography Ray June 

Producer - Irving Thalberg 


Cast: Lionel Barrymore, Mary Car- 
lisle, Mae Clarke, Fay Bainter, Tom 
Brown, Eddie Nugent, Maynard 
Holmes, John Arledge, Henry Kol- 
ker, Wallace Clarke, Henry Wads- 
worth, Edwin Maxwell, Leo Chal- 
zell, Sumner Getchal, Dickie Moore, 
Hilda Vaughn, Richard Tucker, 
Willie O'Brien, Onslow Stevens, 
Una Merkel. 

Director William K. Howard 

NoveL-.-Marjorie Bartholomew Paradis 

Screen Play ...Zelda Sears 

and Eve Greene 

Photography Hal Rosson 

Producer John Considine 


Cast: May Robson, Lewis Stone, Mary 
Forbes, Tad Alexander, Reginald 
Mason, Claude Gillingwater, jean 
Parker, William Bakewell. 

Director Charles F. Reisner 

Original Story ..Dudley Nichols 

and Lamar Trotti 

Screen Play Zelda Sears 

and Eve Greene 

Photography Leonard Smith 

Producer Lucien Hubbard 


Cast: Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Jean 
Hersholt, Henry B. Walthall, Frank 
Reicher, C. Henry Gordon, Isabel 
Jewell, Elizabeth Allen, Eddie Nu- 
gent, Sarah Padden, Dorothy Peter- 

Director Richard Boleslavsky 

Play Sidney Kmgsley 

Screen Play -... .Waldemar Young 

Photography George Folsey 

Producer ..Monta BeM 



Cast: Marlene Dietrich, John Lodge, 
Sam jaffe, Louise Dresser, Ruthelma 
Stevens, C. Aubrey Smith, Olive 
Tell, Edward Van Sloan, Jane Dar- 
well, Hans von Twardoski, Davison 
Clark, Phillip Sleeman, Harry 
Woods, Marie Sieber, Gavin Gordon. 

Director |osef Von Sternberg 

From a Diary by Catherine the Great 

Screen Play ..- Manuel Komroff 

Photography Bert Glennon 


Cast: George Raft, Carole Lombard, 
William Frawley, Francis Drake, 
Sally Rand, Gloria Shea, Del Hen- 
derson, Gertrude Michael, Raymond 
Milland, Frank G. Dunn, Martha 
Baumattre, Paul Panzer, Adolph 
Milar, Anne Shaw, Phillips Smalley, 
John Irwin. 

Director Wesley Ruggles 

Idea Ruth Ridenour 

Story.. Carey Wilson 

and Kubec Glasmon 

Screen Play Horace Jackson 

Photography Leo Tover 

Music Ralph Rainger 


Charles R. Rogers Production 

Cast: Richard Arlen, Sally Eilers, 
Robert Armstrong, Grace Bradley, 
Rosco Ates, Charley Grapewin, 
Richard Arlen Jr. 

Directors Casey Robinson 

and Ralph Murphy 

Original James M. Cain 

Screen Play Casey Robinson 

Photography Milt Krasner 


B. P. Schulberg Production 

Cast: Sylvia Sidney, Fredric March, 
Russell Hopton, Jack LaRue, Noel 
Francis, Miami Alvarez, Bradley 
Page, Joseph J. Franz, Guy Usher, 
Kathleen Burke, Patricia Farley, 
Florence Dudley, Jil Dennett, Erin 
LaBissoniere, Ernest S. Adams, John 
Marstcn, Helene Chadwick, James 
Cranel, Jack Baxley, Edward Gar- 
gan, William Farnum, Walter Bren- 
nan, James Crane, Gary Owen, Cecil 
Weston, Kenneth McDonald, Wade 

Director ..Marion Cering 

Original William Lipman 

Photography Leon Shamroy 

Screen Play: William Lipman, Frank 

Partos, Vincent Lawrence and Sam 




Cast: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Colleen 
Moore, Genevieve Tobin, Edward 
Everett Horton, Frank Morgan, Ny- 
dia Westman, Allen Vincent, June 
Brewster, Howard Wilson, Henry 

Director J. Walter Ruben 

Play - John Howard Lawson 

Screen Play.... John Howard Lawson 

and Howard J. Green 

Photography . Henry Gerard 

Associate Producer H. N. Swanson 


Cast: Zasu Pitts, Pert Kelton, Edward 
Everett Horton, Ned Sparks, Nat 
Pendleton, Matt McHugh, Billy 
Griffith, Stanley Fields, Joe Sauers, 
John Qualen. 

Director William Seiter 

Original Story Aben Kandel 

Screen Play... Marion Dix 

and Laird Doyle 

Photography Nick Musuraca 

Associate Producer.. ..Howard J. Green 


Cast: Irene Dunne, Constance Cum- 
mings, Ralph Bellamy, Vivian To- 
bin, Kay Johnson, Louis Mason, 
Charles Starrett. 

Director John Cromwell 

Play Anne Morrison Chapin 

Screen Play Jane Murfin 

Photography Edward Cronjager 

Associate Producer. .Pandro S. Berman 

United Artists 


Twentieth Century 

Cast: George Arliss, Boris Karloff, Lo- 
retta Young, Robert Young, C. Au- 
brey Smith, Reginald Owen, Alan 
Mowbray, Murray Kinnell, Paul 
Harvey, Noel Madison, Florence 
Arliss, Ivan Simpson, Helen West- 
ley, Holmes Herbert, Arthur Byron, 
Gilbert Emery, Leonard Mudie, 
Charles Evans, Lee Kohlmar, Glen 
Cavendar, Adolph Milar, Ktary 
Forbes, Lumsden Hare, Lloyd Ingra- 
ham, Clarence Geldert, Oscar Apfel, 
Reginald Sheffield, Brandon Hurst, 
Harold Minjir, Craufurd Kent, 
Douglas Gerrard, Matthew Betz, 
William Strauss, Frank Hagney, 
Montague Shaw, Gerald Pierce, Leo 
McCabe, Leonard Jerome, Perry 
Vekroff, Rafael Carrio, Arthur 
Duravennay, Louis Van Denecker, 
Walter Bonn, Carey Harrison, Earl 
McDonald, Dureen Monroe, Des- 

Jan. 2, 1934 

Page Seven 

mond Roberts, Clare ,^|f!^dera, Robert 
Corey, Frank Dunn, Horace Claude 
' Cooper, Bobby LaMarche, Billy Seay, 
George Offerman, Murdock Mc- 
Quarrie, Harold Entwhistle, Harry 
Allen, Olaf Hytton, Cullen John- 
son, Milton Kahn, Jack Carlyle, 
Harry Cording, Dick Alexander, Ed- 
die Weaver, Bert Miller. 

I Director Alfred Werker 

Original Screen Play: Nunnally John- 
son and Maude T. Howell. 

Photography ..Pev Marley 

Associate Producers. .William Goetz 

and Raymond Griffiths 

Warners-First National 


Cast: Dick Powell, Al Jolson, Ricardo 
Cortez, Dolores Del Rio, Hugh Her- 
bert, Guy Kibbee, Robert Barrat, 
Henry O'Neill, Kay Francis, Louise 
Fazenda, Fifi D'Orsay, Merna Ken- 
nedy, Mia Ichioka, Henry Kolker. 

Director Lloyd Bacon 

Play Karl Farkas and Geza Hercaeg 

Screen Play Earl Baldwin 

Music and Lyrics Harry Warren 

and Al Dubin 
Numbers Created and Directed by 

Busby Berkeley 

Photography Sid Hickox 

Supervisor Robert Lord 


Cast: Hal LeRoy, Rochelle Hudson, 
Patricia Ellis, Hugh Herbert, Hobart 
Cavanaugh, Guy Kibbee, Douglas 
Dumbrille, Chick Chandler, Eddie 
Tamblyn, Clara Blandick, Mayo 
Methot, Richard Carle, Charles 

Director ..Murray Roth 

Based on Comic Strip by Carl Ed 

Screen Play Paul Cerrard Smith 

Photography Arthur Todd 

Supervisor James Seymour 


Cast: Warren William, Mary Astor, 
Ginger Rogers, Theodore Newton, 
Henry O'Neill, Robert Barrat, Andy 
Devine, Dickie Moore, Robert Greig, 
William Gargan, Edward Arnold. 

Director..... Roy Del Ruth 

Story Ben Hecht 

Screen Play Ben Markson 

Photography Tony Gaudio 

Supervisor Robert Lord 


Cast: Joe E Brown, Alice White, Rob- 
bert Barrat, Hobart Cavanaugh, 
Noel Madison, J. Carrol Naish, Ar- 
thur Vinton, Ann Brody, Harry 
Warren and Al Dubin, George Pat 
Collins, Charles Wilson, Snowflake. 

Director Lloyd Bacon 

Story by ....Damon Runyon 

Screen Play... Earl Baldwin 

Photography Ira Morgan 

Supervisor Robert Lord 


Cast: Dick Powell, Pat O'Brien, Gin- 
_1 ger Rogers, Allen Jenkins, Grant 
* Mitchell, Joseph Cawthorn, Grace 


Director Ray Enright 

Original Story Paul Finder Moss 

and Jerry Wald 

' Screen Play Warren Duff 

_ and Harry Sauber 


Not Even Much Film 
Chance forThisOne 


Play by Herbert Ashton, Jr., presented 
by M. S. Schlesinger and Wil- 
liam B. Friedlander; directed by 
Mr. Friedlander; setting by 
Amend. Cast: Morton Flamm, 
Valerie Bergere, Harold Kennedy, 
Lawrence Keating, Hazel O'Con- 
nell, Robert Sloane, Jane Kim, 
Nena Sinclair, Jonathan Hole, 
Walter Gilbert, Robert Gleckler. 
Anthony Blair and Sam J. Park. 
New York. — The only apparent ex- 
cuse for the presentation of this de- 
tective mystery play seems to have 
been the desire of Mr. Ashton to so 
completely throw his audience off the 
track that everyone would be fooled 
as to the identity of the murderer, in 
doing which he overdid the whole 
thing and fooled himself. His victim 
is killed not only once but three times. 
First off, poor John Burgess is found, 
as the curtain rises and a knocking 
heard at the door to his study, shot 
through the chest and quite dead. 

After it has been established as to 
the method by which he died and 
that it was a case of suicide to col- 
lect double indemnity insurance, and 
not a case of murder, since the man 
had no enemies and his family all 
loved him to distraction, the medical 
examiner reports that he had been 

Music and Lyrics Harry Warren 

and Al Dubin 

Dance Director... Busby Berkeley 

Photography Sid Hickox 

Supervisor . --- Sam Bischoff 


Cast: Donald Woods, Margaret Lind- 
say, Glenda Farrell, Hugh Herbert, 
Frank McHugh, Guy Kibbee, Ruth 
Donnelly, Hobart Cavanaugh. 

Director H. Bruce Humberstone 

Story and Screen Play Robert Lord 

Dialogue. Brown Holmes 

and Joe Traub 

Photography Ernest Haller 

Supervisor Sam Bischoff 

Independent Productions 
Fanchon Royer 

(Fanehon Royer Studio) 


Cast: June Clyde, Frank Albertson, 
Jose Crespo, John Davidson, Tynam 
Holtz, Stanley Price. 

Director - Breezy Eason 

Original Story ....William Bloecher 

Adaptation Jack Neville 

Photography Ernest Miller 

Eastern Productions 

Vitaphone Sfudios 


Cast: Ben Blue. 

Director - Ralph Staub 

Photography Ray Foster 

and Ed Dupar 

Al Green Burns 

Al Green is plenty burned up at 
Warners for not allowing him to at- 
tend the Mervy LeRoy-Doris War- 
ner merger, after the director had 
picked him for the best man. Green 
could have attended tne wedding 
and been back to Hollywood in 
time to start his next assignment, 
"Fur Coats," on January 8. 

stabbed to death. Sergeant Detective 
Ryan (played in his usual excellent 
fashion by Robert Gleckler) is com- 
pletely stumped by this particular 
murder-suicide and can make neither 
head nor tail out of the members of 
the family or the servants. Ned Par- 
ker (Walter Gilbert) the insurance 
man, who is on the scene to eliminate 
the murder angle if possible, before 
his company is forced to pay double 
indemnity, joins hands with Ryan to 
help solve the mystery. 

Making use of the trick of accusing 
an innocent member of the family in 
the hope that the real murderer will 
come forward to protect her, one of 
the sons confesses he stabbed the old 
gent in a quarrel. Whereupon up 
speaks faithful old Anna the servant 
who had been with John Burgess for 
20 years and admits that she pois- 
oned her master, because he was the 
lover who deserted her in Germany, 
and their daughter is the upstairs 
maid. Both Mother and daughter had 
been left out of Burgess' will. 

With the crime now solved and the 
murderers accounted for, a sigh of 
relief is breathed only to have Detec- 
tive Ryan turn on the insurance man 
at the final curtain and disclose him 
as the real murderer, who planted a 
trick gunfire device on Burgess' desk, 
to kill his victim mysteriously, without 
evidences of a gun being found, then 
turn in a report of suicide and cash 
in on a heavy commission for saving 
the insurance company the necessity 
for paying double indemnity for mur- 

Played in an aura of unreality, one 
gets the feeling that the murdered 
man never was real, his family isn't 
real. Instead of poignant grief at 
Burgess' passing there is nothing but 
blatant, careless, surface emotion, 
hardly compatible with such an event 
in real life. All the members of the 
Burgess family act as if they were 
strangers to each other and complete- 
ly mystified at finding themselves in 
the midst of something that doesn't 
concern them. There is the suspicion 
likewise that the police sergeant arid 
the insurance investigator are simply 
on the stage to go through with the 
tricks and circumlocutions laid out for 
them by the author. Similarly too 
the object of the stage director and 
his performers seemed pointed at a 
definite comedy effect, with the but- 
ler the worst offender, although the 
fault is not his. Aside from Gleckler, 
Walter Gilbert and Valerie Bergere, 
the work of the cast was less than 
noteworthy. Should the era of silent 
drama return one day years hence, 
this play would make a good jumping 
off place for the start of another cycle 
of mystery films. And that's all. 

ovie Ushers Kick 
At Code Salaries 

New York. — Movie usrers m the 
metropolitan district have complained 
to the Code Authority that the code is 
causing them a loss by setting a mini- 
mum scale of 40 cents and 25 cents 
an hour, or $10 for a forty-hour week. 

Charles O'Reilly, of the Code Au- 
thority, admits that one large theatre 
chain is paying that scale, but says 
most of the other theares are paying 
the old and higher scale. 

Efforts are being made here to 
unionize the ushers. They met with 
a rebuff at the Roxy, where the ush- 
ers declared they were receiving more 
than the union minimum demands. 

Writers Guild Checking 
Closely on All Credits 

Screen Writers Guild, in an effort 
to protect the interests of all its 
members, is keeping tabs on all ex- 
ploitation by writers, demanding that 
a writer who has worked on a script 
with other writers specify collabora- 

Practise of scrutinizing all credits 
has been put in effect .in order to off- 
set any beefs from slighted members. 
Credit grabbing hogs are being brought 
to book wherever examples of their 
activity are discovered. 

Added Scenes for Col.'s 

'Men of Tomorrow' 

Frank Borzage puts "Men of To- 
morrow" back into work Thursday for 
three days of added scenes. Picture, 
which was originally titled "Paul 
Street Boys," has studio raving. Jo 
Swerlmg has written the added ma- 
terial and the same cast of twenty 
boys will be used for the scenes. 

Burton's Next Ticket 

Columbia has assigned David Burton 
to direct the next Carole Lombard 
story, which is tentatively titled "So- 
nata," from an original story by Jo 

Burton directed Miss Lombard's last 
picture for Columbia titled "Brief Mo- 

Breaks for Baby Stars 

MGM is giving breaks to its baby 
stars who appeared in "Hollywood 
Party." Linda Parker has been given 
a role in "Viva Villa" and Ruth Chan- 
ning has been set for a nice role in 
"Men in White." Pauline Brooks is 
also up for good roles. 

Para. East for Girls 

New York. — Earl Carroll held an 
audition at the Majestic Theatre to 
select eleven girls to appear in Para- 
mount's "Murder at the Vanities," 
which will be produced under his su- 
pervision. The girls picked will go to 
the coast. 

Set Distribution for 'He' 

New York. — Distribution for "He 
the King of Virtue," an Astor picture, 
will be handled by Dave Biederman 
and All Star Features in the Los An- 
geles territory. 






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Wednesday, January 3, 1934 


• DURING the last year most every 
studio in town has had its hands full 
trying to appease the annoyances of 
one or more of their important players 
who had the urge to do a stage play. 
Most of the producers arguing against 
such a jump by their important play- 
ers did so with the thought in mind 
of not losing their services for that 
period, but one and possibly two were 
arguing with a different idea — they 
wanted to keep the names right in 
their studios and guide them away 
from a possible stage flop, not only 
the flop of the play, but the flop of 
the artist as well. 

We had one producer tell us 
months ago, "There are not five per- 
sons in Hollywood who have had any 
success in pictures who could go to 
the stage and do anything that would 
remotely compare with their picture 
success and for that reason I try to 
keep my people here. If I thought 
they would be a success I would urge 
them to take that flyer, the stimulus 
would do wonders; but knowing that 
few if any could hit under present 
conditions the flop would do them 
untold harm." 


A shining example of all the above 
is what has happened, and is happen- 
ing, to "The Lake" that stars Katha- 
rine Hepburn. There are those who 
think that "Katy" is even a worse flop 
than the play, and others vice versa. 
But whatever the thoughts, the ven- 
ture will hurt (what we consider) the 
greatest artist in pictures. 

We know of at least ten people 
who tried to talk Hepburn out of the 
idea of returning to the stage. First 
she had always been pretty much of 
a flop before the footlights; secondly, 
those advisers knew that there were 
only a handful of people writing for 
the theatre and her chance of getting 
a good play, that would measure up 
to her picture success, was about a 
thousand-to-one shot. And, too, some 
of her friends KNEW she could not 
duplicate her picture success on the 
stage and wanted not only to save 
her the money she invested in the 
play, but the humiliation of a stage 


That angle about ONLY A HAND- 
STAGE should hold plenty of warn- 
IContinued on Page 2) 

Croucho Peeved 

New York. — To the previously 
published denial that the Marx 
Brothers had closed a contract 
with Paramount, Groucho Marx 
now adds that the brothers are 
definitely through with that com- 
pany. The brothers may postpone 
any new deal until after leaving 
pictures for at least one Broadway 

NRA Labor Board 
Swings Into Action 

The Regional Labor Board is swing- 
ing into action on studio NRA mat- 
ters. Dick L'Estrange was on Friday 
appointed to act individually in hand- 
ling all complaints prior to their be- 
ing placed before the board itself. 

Already, up to last night, L'Estrange 
had worked out settlements of dis- 
putes with Invincible Pictures, Cres- 
cent Productions and a complaint 
against RKO studios was well on the 
way to adjustment. KMTR was han- 
dled on radio matters. 

Bill Rowland East To 

Close Columbia Deal 

William Rowland, of the Rowland 
and Brice producing duo, left last 
night from the United Airport for New 
York. He will be gone a week, meet- 
ing Harry and Jack Cohn in the me- 
tropolis to polish off the details on 
the R&B distributing deal with Co- 

Dick Wallaces Returning 

The Richard Wallaces leave New 
York Saturday for Hollywood, accord- 
ng to word received by the director's 
representative, Dave Epstein. 

Sheehan Calls For Showdown 
From Bank On His Contract 
And Wins Full Power Of Okay 

The explosion that has been simmering in the Fox organiza- 
tion and ready to burst at any moment has been settled, and the 
blast has been delayed for an indefinite period. W. R. Sheehan 
is again the production head of the Fox lot with full power of 
okay on all pictures. That also in- 

bearing the Hg rB Sorti Bom Dics 
After Long Illness 

eludes the productions 
Lasky name. 

On Sheehan's return here from 
Europe he became ruffled at the stor- 
ies that he had been reduced to the 
head of a single production unit with 

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Radio's Rio' Crabs 
Big Dough in N.Y. 

New York. — On the last two days 
of a two weeks' run it looks as if the 
Music Hall here will establish another 
high mark, what with the special New 
Year's eve show and the town liking 
"Flying Down to Rio," the Radio mu- 

Tlie picture grabbed $102,000 the 
first week, and with the holiday week, 
the extra performance, it's a cinch to 
better the $109,000 take of the first 
week's run of "Little Women." 

Con Conrad Marries 

New York. — Con Conrad was mar- 
ried yesterday at the City Hall, the 
bride being Leona R. Zadeck, a Cali- 
fornia girl, Mickey Neilan and Dell 
Campo were the witnesses. The song 
writer was divorced from Francine Lar- 
rimore in 1 925. 


Grant Peeved By 

Demands of Para. 

New York. — Some of the biggest 
money the picture business ever saw 
is coming in with the formation of 
Fairhaven Productions by H. H. Rogers 
Jr., son of the famous Standard Oil 
magnate. William Alexander, film 
veteran, is associated as vice president 
and general manager. 

The new company will produce spe- 
cial attractions only and employ new 
technical processes devised by Rogers. 
One device claimed is a method by 
which a picture can be transferred to 
a screen simultaneously with its being 
photographed. Figure that one out. 

London. — Gary Grant is bewilder- 
edly trying to figure whether he came 
here for a holiday or for hard work 
and has finally decided the only an- 
swer is to get back home as soon as 
he can. Paramount has been running 
the actor ragged with demands that 
he make personal appearances, and 
this on top of a minor operation and 
a siege in a nursing home. 

Death came to Herbert Somborn, 
head of the Brown Derby Restaurants 
in Hollywood, and one-time husband 
of Gloria Swanson, yesterday after- 
noon at 1 :50 o'clock at his home in 
Feverly H.l!s after a long siege of ill- 
n::s. Somborn has been ill for over 
a vear and his death was the result 
z': compl-cations following a kidney 
z r-ent 

Following his recuperation from a 
recent operaton he had been remov- 
ed to his home from the Cedars of 
L'.banon Hospital and it was thought 
that he was on the road to convales- 
cence when death occurred. 

Somborn was 53 years old. His body 
will be cremated and shipped to New 
York, where his mother and sister re- 
s de, for the burial services. 

Del Ruth and Warner 

Still Apart in Deal 

With the completion of "Upper- 
world," now in production, Roy Del 
Ruth winds up his ten-year association 
with Warners. Director and studio 
have not come together on a new deal. 

Lasky Goes East 

Jesse L. Lasky leaves for New York 
on January 10 for a three-week busi- 
ness conference. Producer hopes to 
return to the Fox lot on February 2 
to get started on his first 1934 pro- 
duction which will be "Grand Canary." 

Cohn Brothers Bereaved 

New York. — Funeral services will 
be held today at Park West funeral 
chapel for Mrs. Bella Cohn, mother 
of the Columbia executives. Harry 
Cohn flew east for the services. 

Erik Charrell Arrives 

New York. — Erik Charrell arrives 
today on the lie de France on his way 
to Fox for a one-picture deal. 

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Charlie Beahan and Sidney Fox have 
separated after a year and four weeks 
of married life; Sidney has moved to 
a hotel and Charlie is in the Bel Air 
Mansion. . . . Anyone with a spare cot 
(or umbrella) could have made a for- 
tune at Palm Springs over the week- 
end . . . and how are the leaks in 
YOUR roof? . . . Major C. C. L. Black 
of London was in town looking over 
the sights of Hollywood. . . . You'll 
be glad to know that Eddie Sutherland 
is getting along swell. . . . The Al 
Newmans are doing nicely, too, after 
the birth of their new baby boy, who 
arrived Christmas eve. . . . Eddie Man- 
nix entertained a gang of twenty or 
so at Caliente — and the Jimmy Crain- 
gers struggled along with some fifteen 
guests. . . . Nils Asther. the John Mil- 
jans, the Clark Gables, Betty Comp- 
son and the bridegroom, the Allan 
Dwans, Junior Laemmie among those 
across the border — and they lost more 
than the time! 


Do you know what producer at a 
major studio is now dragging chorus 
girls along with him to story confer- 
ences? And the GIRLS are complain- 
ing! . . . The Frank Joyces are St. 
Moritzing — but will be back any year 
now. . . . We have word from New 
York that Kenneth McKenna knew 
absolutely nothing about his separa- 
tion from Kay Francis until he read it 
in the papers! . . . The William Car- 
gans started out for San Francisco to 
spend New Year's, met up with the 
Sam Jaffes in the Derby — and got 
talked into hopping a plane for New 
York that same night — of course, 
without Sam, who's pinch-hitting at 
Columbia. . . . Natalie Keaton leav- 
ing for a visit to Norma Talmadge in 
Palm Beach any minute. 

George Marshall, big laundry man 
about town, and Monte Brice leaving 
for N'Yawk tomorrow. . . . The Harry 
Joe Browns (Sally Eilers), the Milton 
Brens, Mrs. Jules Mastbaum, Eddie 
Buzzell, Bob Riskin, Glenda Farrell, 
the Felix Youngs, the Dick Rodgers, 
Lupe and Johnny Weissmuller, who 
went swimming in the rain regardless, 
among those who risked their all at 
the Dunes over the week-end. . . . All 


New York. — The Samuel Goldwyn- 
United Artists production of "Roman 
Scandals" is doing box office tricks 
that are most strange to this picture 
business — that is, strange based on 
the past three-year grosses. 

At the Rivoli here, after knocking 
over a record-breaking first week, the 
picture rang up a sensational single 
day, Sunday, with a special perform- 
ance at midnight. The day's take was 
$1 1,814. 

In Philadelphia U. A. was forced 
to take over the Aldine on a weekly 
rental basis because of their inability 
to get together with Warners on a 
split. The house has averaged less 
than $4,000 a week for a long pe- 
riod. "Scandals" has done an average 
of $3,700 A DAY since the opening. 

The United Artists in San Francisco 

Tashman Going To 
N.Y. For a Picture 

New York. — Lilyan Tashman has 
been signed by Chester Erskine for the 
role of Nellie Bly in "Frankie and 
Johnny," to go in production in early 
February at the Biograph studios. 

Moss Hart is doing the script and 
Helen Morgan will have an important 

Para. Tags Joan Marsh 

Joan Marsh was signed yesterday by 
Paramount to a long term optional 
contract. The player has no imme- 
diate assignment, but with several pic- 
tures starting within ten days the stu- 
dio plans to place her quickly. 


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ings to our bets who want to "return 
to the theatre." If they must return, 
they should be assured of a good ve- 
hicle and have others than themselves 
sit in on the judgment of what is good 
and bad. 

We brought this question to the 
attention of Sam Harris, the most suc- 
cessful manager in the theatre today 
or yesterday, and Sam said, "Other 
than their box office pull, because of 
their pictures, I would not give you a 
nickel for any star in pictures for a 
play. The stage and the screen are 
two entirely different mediums of ex- 
pression and it does not follow that 
a success on the screen can hit in the 
theatre and there is a lot of truth to 
the other side. When a competent 
stage artist gets the feel of pictures 
it has a tendency to ruin him for stage 

the tennis playing was done indoors 
with chips! 

And add to the Caliente gayety — 
Harry Rapf, Bob Leonard, Hal Wallis 
much in evidence with Louise Fa- 
zenda, Harry Beaumont, Adrienne 
Ames and hubby, Guy Kibbee, Oliver 
Hardy. Guy, they tell us, showed 
them how to play blackjack. . . . And 
though Clark Gable was with the 
missus the witching midnight hour 
that brought in the New Year saw 
some two score-twomen lined up for 
a kiss — and they got it. 

clicked off $15,200 the first week, 
over $3,000 better than the "Kid 
From Spain" in the same spot when it 
was charging 25 per cent more ad- 

Seven houses of the Poli chain in 
New England, sought permission and 
were granted the privilege of running 
the picture for one show New Year's 
Eve. The seven were sold out com- 
pletely before the houses opened and 
in four spots that many additional 
theatres were opened to take care of 
the slough business with the result 
the chain reported a take of $14,1 10 
for the single performance. 

Chicago and Milwaukee are doing 
sensational. In Chicago the picture 
got a bad start but has picked up and 
IS topping anything that has been in 
the house for the past year. 

Wellman Slated For 
'Barbary Coast' Pic 

Samuel Goldwyn is negotiating with 
Twentieth Century for the loan ofi 
William Wellman to direct the Gary! 
Cooper starring vehicle "Barbary 

Wellman is now on a loan to MGM 
to direct "Streets of New York" for 
the David Selznick unit and will noti 
finish there for five weeks yet, at 
which time he will go to Goldwyn if 
Zanuck has no assignment ready for 
him. I 

Bernie Hyman Supervisor 
On Cat and the Fiddle' 

Seymour Felix is anxious to have a 
correction of the story in yesterday's 
Reporter that he was slated to super- 
vise the taking of added scenes on 
"Cat and the Fiddle." Bernie Hyman, 
original producer of the picture, is still 
supervising on the new work, and the 
story was entirely an inadvertence. 

Monckton Hoffe Is Here 

Monckton Hoffe, English writer, 
ayfved in Hollywood yesterday to ful- 
fill his one-picture engagement for the 
Irving Thalberg unit at MGM. 


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Page Three 


Program Job Nicely 

Raft, Mack And 
Dialogue The Tops 



Director James Flood 

Original Rose Albert Porter 

Screen Play Sydney Buchman 

and Thomas Mitchell 

Photographer Victor Milner 

Cast: Miriam Hopkins, Fredric March, 
Helen Mack, George Raft, Wil- 
liam Collier, Sr. 
In spite of the fact that a rough — 
very rough — print of Paramount's "All 
of Me" was shown at preview, the 
picture shows pretty definite earmarks 
of being a good show. 

At any rate, it's different, with a 
shining new plot, a new method of 
telling a story, and superb direction 
on the part of James Flood. 

The thread of the story is extreme- 
ly tenuous — almost frail, but it is in- 
terpreted by a robust mood and treat- 
ment that save it from petering out 
into thin air. Wherein it is doubly 
clever, for while the mental conflict, 
the intangible drama of the thing will 
appeal to the intelligentsia and be way 
over the average head, there are 
enough melodramatics to entertain al- 
most everybody. 

It is the story of the struggle be- 
tween a man and a girl — Fredric 
March and Miriam Hopkins. Desper- 
ately in love with each other, she is 
nevertheless afraid of losing in mar- 
riage the happiness they have now. 
He argues: "I'm not offering you hap- 
piness. I'm offering you hardships, 
adventure — and love." 

There the matter stands — while 
George Raft and Helen Mack, in their 
own tragic, profound, courageous love, 
illustrate what March means, while 
the audience (and March and Hop- 
kins) look on. It is clever — extreme- 
ly so, and, as said before, well di- 

Helen Mack and George Raft are 
the real stars of the picture. Both 
of them rate raves for their work. 
Miss Hopkins handles her difficult role 
with her usual excellence, but March 
is handicapped by very unbecoming 
waved hair and quite a group of man- 
nerisms. However, at moments, he 
is splendid. 

Syd Buchman and Thomas Mitchell 
wrote the story, and Victor Milner 
handled a clever camera. The dia- 
logue is exceptionally fine. 

The picture, because of its radical 
deparature from formula, probably 
won't be a howling success anywhere. 
Audiences which go for thrillers, west- 
erns and slapstick shorts will probably 
twiddle their thumbs until it's over 
But it will be talked about and re- 
membered, and the stock of Raft and 
Helen Mack — especially Miss Mack — - 
will be boosted higher than ever. 

fCarmel Myers with Vallee 

' Carmel Myers has been set in for 
guest star on the Rudy Vallee Fleisch- 
mann hour this Thursday, an unusual 
tribute in that she is the first guest 
star to be asked for a repeat appear- 
ance. Miss Myers appeared on the 
program when in the east. 


Warners planned de.finitely to 
make a test of Cliff Montgomery, 
star of the Columbia football team, 
yesterday, but after one look at 
the boy's face following a Rose 
Bowl afternoon in the mud the test 
was postponed indefinitely. 

$30,000 Settles 
Col.-Borzage Deal 

Frank Borzage and Columbia have 
settled their differences regarding the 
price to be paid the director for his 
services in directing "Man's Castle" 
and "Men of Tomorrow," originally 
"Paul Street Boys." 

Borzage signed a ticket that would 
give him the option of accepting 
$100,000 for the two pictures as 
straight salary or $50,000 salary and 
a cut on the grosses of both. And he 
decided on the latter before starting 

Having finished both pictures, Bor- 
zage suggested that Columbia buy out 
his participation and the deal was 
closed with a $30,000 cash payment, 
giving him $80,000 for his work in- 
stead of $100,000 had he decided to 
accept the straight salary. 

Zanft on Way For 
Tie-in with Agency 

New York.— The object of Major 
John Zanft's trip to Hollywood at this 
time is to complete the details of an 
agency affiliation on which he has 
been working. It is understood that 
he will join forces and take a large 
cut-in with one of the big tenper- 
centers in the film capital. 

After getting himself established, 
he is expected to divide his time be- 
tween Hollywood, New York and Lon- 
don in the interests of his organiza- 

Para. Signs Clarke 
At Eleventh Hour 

After resigning itself to placing 
"Man Who Broke His Heart" into 
production today without a leading 
woman, Paramount succeeded late 
yesterday to put through a fast deal 
with MGM for the loan of Mae 
Clarke. Carole Lombard had previously 
begged out of the assignment. 

Preston Foster, Victor McLaglen, 
Alison Skipworth, David Landau and 
Mischa Auer go to work today under 
William Cameron Menzies and George 
Somnes' direction. Al Lewis is the 
associate producer. 

Radio After Swanson 

For 'I Love an Actress' 

Radio wants Gloria Swanson for the 
lead oppiosite Gregory Ratoff in the 
latter's story of his life titled "I Love 
an Actress." She will play the role 
which Lenore Ulric was signed for if 
she accepts. Elissa Landi is also be- 
ing considered for the part. 

Written and Megged 


( Monogram) 

Direction Edward Ludwig 

0'''g'"al Adela Rogers St. Johns 

Adaptation Frances Hyland 

Photography Joseph A. Valentine 

Cast: John Halliday, Marguerite de la 
Motte, Wallace Ford, Kitty Kelly, 
Jameson Thomas, Tom Dugan, 
Billee Van Every, Wallis Clark. 
Don Douglas, Leigh Allen, George 
Mayo, Harry Green, Jack Perry. 
Plenty of entertainment has been 
packed into this Monogram picture, 
the kind of entertainment that is sure 
to please nearly any type of audi- 
ence. Expertly performed, the story 
is consistently amusing with the sin- 
gle exception of its routine ending. 
The excellence of what has gone be- 
fore leads an audience to expect a 
unique twist at the finale, and, when 
the addle-brained movie star goes in- 
to a conventional clinch, there is a dis- 
tinct let down. Since this was a first 
preview we can figure that Producer 
Ben Verschleiser will have time and 
opportunity to whip this finish into 
a shape worthy of the rest of the job. 
Marguerite de la Motte plays the 
selfish, empty-headed star and deliv- 
ers a whiz of a performance that will 
cause a lot of people to wonder where 
she has been these many moons. John 
Halliday is his usual suave self as the 
director who, for love of the woman 
his star has once been, protects her 
from the knowledge that she is slowly 
but surely slipping. Kitty Kelly is 
her other friend, once her room-mate 
in the early days, now her secretary 
and companion. It is a part that af- 
fords much hard-boiled, wise-cracking 
comedy in which this Kelly gal scores. 
Wallace Ford, in the role of a prize- 
fighter whom our movie light picks up 
as a plaything, suffers through no 
fault of his own. It is a bit of mis- 
casting and the film would benefit by 
cutting out as much as possible of the 
ring scenes. The inadept fight stuff 
only interrupts a story that has been 
built entirely around the lady in the 
case. The punch is in the fact the 
boy with the championship in his 
grasp allows himself to be knocked 
out to spite the woman. More should 
be made of the situation and the ac- 
tual fight merely suggested. After 
all, folks are likely to remember a 
guy named Baer. 

The direction of Edward Ludwig 
maintains a nice pace. Story, too, is 
commendable, particularly for its many 
laugh Imes. With a new ending it 
would be even more commendable. 
Joseph Valentine is credited for the 
better-than-average photography. 

You haven't a heavy name cast to 
help you sell this picture and the title 
needs more than a bit of explanation. 
The original name was "Great God 
Fourflush," a far better label. The 
Hollywood angle is perhaps the best, 
for it depicts a Hollywood the major- 
ity of fans believe they know. Once 
you get them in, the picture will not 

The old Biograph Studios reopened 
in a blaze of glory this week under 
the auspices of Harry Goefz and H. J. 
Yates and really the new version of 
that studio does the ghosts of yester- 
day proud. Two gorgeous sound 
stages, completely soundproofed and 
glass inclosed so's two different com- 
panies can work at the same time 
apart or together. Dressing rooms that 
are spacious and airy and not too 
reminiscent of hospital waiting rooms. 
Nice wood-paneled offices and enough 
plans to keep them busy for a long 
while or until some one else can think 
up some bigger and better ideas. 
Above all, the place is so clean that 
it will take years to acquire any dirt 
at all with some old fashioned tradi- 
tion in it. Helen Morgan, Chester 
Erskine and Jack Kirkland were on 
hand on account of it will be their 
combined work that will inaugurate 
the new studio. Arthur Cozine of the 
old guard is in charge of something 
or other up at Biograph and D. W. 
Griffith sent a long telegram wishing 
every one well and regretting the fact 
that he couldn't be on hand to do 
honor to the old place. 
Gene Raymond, in town for a cou- 
ple of days before sailing, hadda cock- 
tail party for the members of the press 
which was really very amusing on ac- 
count of the lad has worked in so 
many pictures for so many different 
companies that it looked like a con- 
vention of publicity writers, all of 
whom had a perfect right to try to 
crash in on the benefits of this par- 
ticular kind of publicity. Fox, Co- 
lumbia and Radio all having opuses 
featuring Gene, they were all there to 
see that each one was done right by. 
And speaking of interviews. It 
seems that the last time Leslie How- 
ard was in town, just before sailing 
for England, he gave out for the in- 
terviewers while lying in bed in purple 
pajamas. And the pajamas had a cute 
little trick of opening wide at the 
throat, thus revealing one amulet 
strung around the Howard neck. 
Whereupon each girl cooed over it 
and asked what it was and Howard 
was forced to break down and con- 
fess that it was from his mother and 
he's never taken it off since she gave 
it to him. Well, Howard is back and 
the interviewers are clamoring for time 
just to see what's gonna happen this 


A bunch of the boys were seated 
around a table the other evening dis- 
cussing a certain star and wondering 
what had happened to her in her last 
coupla pictures because instead of be- 
ing so vivid and alive the gal has sud- 
denly gone deadly dull and elegant. 
And one feller up and said he guessed 
instead of playing the part the picture 
called for she had suddenly decided to 
play audience reaction instead! 

Spewack Duo Returns 

Sam and Bella Spewack returned to 
town Saturday from a three months' 
vacation in New York. Writers go 
on the script of "Soviet" at MGM. 

Page Four 


Ian. 3, 1934 

Indies Refuse Hays' 
Request To Censor 

New York. — "Nay! Nay! Mister 
Hays," said the independents to a re- 
quest this week that they allow the 
same censorship board that works on 
the majors' advertising to handle 

The Federation of the Motion Pic- 
ture Industry, the indie producers and 
distributors organization, figures they 
can handle their own problems and 
have appointed their own committee 
of watchdogs. Harry Thomas, Charles 
Clett, Eddie Golden and H. Cluckman 
make up the committee. 

Binyon-Butler Did the Job 

Claude Binyon and Frank Butler 
have done the screen treatment for 
"Should Ladies Listen," which Doug- 
las MacLean will produce for Para- 
mount, a fact that Doug is anxious to 
have published so that he doesn't get 
credit for more than he is doing. 

Sheehan Bluffs Chase 

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no more authority in Fox productions 
than Lasky, Rockett and other pro- 
ducers. He demanded a showdown. 
He went to Kent and Kent passed the 
buck on to the Chase board looking 
after their picture interests. On 
reaching that point Sheehan remind- 
ed them that he holds a contract giv- 
ing him prior rights to the contract 
they signed with Jesse Lasky, grant- 
ing the latter non-interference with 
his productions. Sheehan demanded 
the full force of his contract or that 
Chase settle with him on the basis of 
the unexpired term of the ticket 
which had $3,000,000 more to run. 

Chase has little thought of settling 
any contract. They tried that during 
Tinker's term, with very bad results. 
So they decided to recognize the full 
spirit of Sheehan's papers and so ad- 
vised Lasky, who is understood to 
have wired, "That's okay with me." 

The set-up now is that Sheehan is 
the boss, that Lasky, Rockett and all 
other producers must take orders 
from him, receive his okay on every 
production, etc., etc. 

It is understood that Sheehan, 
knowing of the terms of the Lasky 
deal, has been laying low waiting for 
the full flop of Lasky's efforts and al- 
though the Lasky pictures have not 
set the world on fire they have done 
a better business and have given Fox 
whatever legs it still has to stand on. 
Finding that Lasky's operas were im- 
proving instead of flopping, Sheehan 
demanded this showdown. 

It is felt that Lasky reasons that 
the whole burden is now on Sheehan's 
shoulders, that if he interferes with 
his pictures in this new set-up, as 
much as he did when he was not sup- 
posed to have any interference, that 
the full responsibility for this interfer- 
ence will be credited to Sheehan. 
Then what? 

Lasky has two more years to run on 
his Fox ticket and the story that has 
been going the rounds that he would 
go to Radio was more gossip than 
fact, with insiders having the opinion 
though that Jesse would not permit 
himself to be placed under the dom- 
ination of Sheehan and as a result 
would leave the company. If he did 
Radio was waiting with an offer. 

Frank Ceraghty Dies 

Frank Geraghty, well known as- 
sistant director, lost his life in 
Sunday's storm. The family is left 
destitute. Dick L'Estrange, of the 
Assistant Directors and Scripters 
union, is handling a collection. 
Universal and Columbia employees 
have responded generously. Here's 
a chance to remember a pal. 

Warners Host To 
Victorious Lions 

"The greatest time we've had on 
the trip outside of winning the game," 
said the Columbia football players and 
New York news writers after yester- 
day at Warners' studio. The boys had 
a lunch, entertainment, intimate chats 
with the stars, and eye-opening visits 
to big sets. The affair was keyed 
to the proper spirit to make the boys 
feel at home, and they did. 

Bill Koenig was a genial host in the 
absence of Jack Warner; Lou Little 
and Howard Jones headed the guests; 
Dick Powell, Frank McHugh, Guy 
Kibbee and Vince Barnett entertained, 
and Busby Berkeley showed himself a 
"reg'lar" by welcoming the visitors 
to the tricks of the famous "Wonder 
Bar" minor set. 

Two Stage Offers Start 
Schildkraut's New Year 

The New Year started off aus- 
piciously for Joseph Schildkraut with 
two wired offers for the New York 
stage. The Theatre Guild wants him 
for a John Wexley play and the Shu- 
berts for a play based on the roman- 
tic life of Chopin. 

The player had to turn down both 
offers because he goes to Columbia 
on his starring contract immediately 
after completing his role in "Viva 

MCM Talks New Deal 
To Rouben Mamoulian 

MGM is talking with Rouben Ma- 
moulian to remain on that lot on a 
several picture deal or a term con- 
tract as a result of his work on "Queen 
Christina." If a deal is worked out 
it is understood that the assignment 
of the direction of the next Greta 
Garbo picture, "The Painted Veil," 
will be handed him. 

Twelvetrees To Fox 

On One-Picture Deal 

Helen Twelvetrees was signed yes- 
terday by Fox on a one-picture deal 
to play the feminine lead in "All Men 
Are Enemies," which will be directed 
by George Fitzmaurice. Production 
is scheduled to start this month. The 
William Hawks agency made the deal. 

Joan Wheeler Here 

joan Wheeler, who was signed in 
New York by Warners because of her 
work in "Growing Pains" on the 
Broadway stage, arrived here yesterday 
and starts work next week in a fea- 
tured role in "Hit Me Again" with 
Ricardo Cortez and Bette Davis. Rob- 
ert Florey will direct. 

Wynyard on Long Termer 

MGM yesterday signed Diana Wyn- 
yard to a new long term contract. Her 
next picture will be "Vanessa," based 
on the novel by Hugh Walpole. 

Para. Director on 
N.Y. Indicted List 

New York. — Frank Bailey, one of 
Paramount's directorial board, headed 
a list of prominent men indicted here 
yesterday in the Realty Associates Inc. 
case. Three indictments alleging con- 
spiracy to conceal and transfer assets 
were returned against the group. 

In addition to Bailey the others in- 
clude: William M. Greve, president of 
New York Investors Inc.; F. T. Pend- 
ler, head of Allied Owners Inc.; W. H. 
Wheelock, president of the Prudence 

Spence Quits at Fox 

To Free Lance Again 

Ralph Spence is again back in the 
free lance field, having completed his 
short term deal with Fox for the writ- 
ing of "Mr. Skitch" and comedy 
scenes and dialogue for the Fox Fol- 

The writer will go east to settle a 
newspaper deal before taking up pjf 
ture offers. 

Lasky Signs Nicholls 

Jesse Lasky yesterday signed Dud- 
ley Nicholls to write the screen play 
of the A. J. Cronin novel, "Grand 
Canary." Frank Tuttle will direct and 
Warner Baxter has the male lead. No 
others cast as yet. 

Bill Otto Joins Gill 

William Otto, recently with the 
Small-Landau office, has tied in with 
William S. Gill agency. 

Set NRA Scale For 
Studio Script Clerks 

Dick L'Estrange of the Assistant Di- 
rectors and Scripters Union, acting for 
the Regional Labor Board, went into 
session with Pat Casey for the pro- 
ducers and came out with an agree- ^ 
ment on script clerks which guaran- j 
tees them a 54-hour week and a mini- i 
mum of $40.50. However, wherever 
script clerks have been receiving above 
that figure their past salary remains 
the scale. .| 

Under the agreement script clerks 
will also receive time and a half for 
overtime on Sundays and holidays. 

More difficulty was found in work- 
ing out the second assistants' scale, 
but this is expected to be settled by 

Barbara Blair Here From 
Networks to Join Vallee 

One of the higher-bracket broad- 
^casting stars of the East, Barbara 
Blair, arrived in Hollywood yesterday 
to take part in the next Fleischman 
Hour, Thursday. The Edington-Vin- 
cent office set her for the broadcast, 
which is her ninth, a record for re- 
peats on the hour. 

Star just completed a year's con- 
tract with Standard Oil and is due to; 
take a flier in pictures. 

Joe Weil on the Job 

Joe Weil, for the past several years 
Universal's director of exploitation in 
New York, arrived by plane today to 
take up his new position here as as- 
sistant to Carl Laemmie Sr. 



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America Will Have to Pick and 
Choose for Europe to Hold That 
Market 1933 Most Profitable 

• BUSINESS IS getting better. Very 
much better. 

Reports from all over the country 
indicate a gain of better than 25 per 
cent during the past two weeks. Con- 
sidering the bottonn that was hit dur- 
ing the first two weeks of December, 
this is not much of a business, BUT 

We have had quite a few letters in 
the last few days from exhibitor 
friends scattered throughout the coun- 
try and EVERY LETTER is filled with 
anticipation of better business for 
1934. Each correspondent is 100 per 
cent for the Roosevelt administration 
and believes if the President is given 
even the least bit of help, his new deal 
will turn into a GOOD DEAL and this 
country will jump back to its feet. 

Of course the business being done 

on "Roman Scandals" is nothing short 

of phenomenal and a lot of the boys 

are greeting the reports with, "Lucky 

Coldwyn," and we resent it. Coldwyn 

I is a SHOWMAN, one of our best pro- 

j ducers and a credit to the business. 

He goes out to make the best picture 

It IS possible to make regardless of the 

cost. He gambles his whole wad to 

get a fine picture and if the finished 

I product fits in to that qualification 

land does business, it's not luck, it's 

1 BRAINS backed with a determination 

jto produce ENTERTAINMENT. 

If most of our other producers 
; would take a few sheets from the 

V production guide of Coldwyn, our in- 
dustry would be in much better shape. 
Most of our studios start and finish 

I on the wrong foot. Of course no one 

I'can determine the qualities of a pic- 
ture until it is finished, but where 
Coldwyn takes his product back after 
his "dress rehearsal" and tries to im- 
prove it, the other studios trim a few 
feet here and there and ship the 
print. They won't go after a better 
picture, when that betterment would 
lonly cost an additional few thousand 
jwith a possibility of getting a hundred 

jt.times that amount back as a result of 
the expenditure in addition to con- 
tributing a COOD PICTURE. 

I' Yes, it's not luck with Coldwyn, 
t's good producing backed by SHOW- 

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dared today that 

as far 

as Erpi is 

concerned there 

will be 

no inter- 

ference in the 

management of | 

Loew's Inc. 

Miller Would Alter 
Howard Contract 

Trouble arose on the Warner front 
when the Leslie Howard contract was 
submitted to Gilbert Miller, to whom 
the star is under long term contract, 
who has the right to approve or dis- 
approve of any picture contracts the 
star signs. 

Miller wants the Warner contract 
to state that Howard has the right to 
make one picture a year in London as 
long as the Warner contract runs. The 
deal is being handled by M. C. Levee. 

Kobler, N. Y. Publisher, 
Will Visit the Coast 

New York. — A. J. Kobler, publisher 
of the New York Daily Mirror and 
one of the key men in the Hearst or- 
ganization, will leave for the coast 

Among the film folk who boarded 
trains yesterday were George O'Brien 
and Arthur Hornblow. Mrs. Ad Schul- 
berg leaves today. Claire Trevor, Fox 
player, leaves Friday. 

Mock To Fox East Post 

John Mock, assistant to Julian John- 
son, Fox story editor, leaves in the 
near future to take over the concern's 
New York story department. Mock 
fills the spot vacated by D. A. Doran's 

Wanger Buys N. Y. Play 

New York. — Before departing for 
the coast Walter Wanger closed a 
deal getting for MCM the rights to 
the play "All Good Americans." Pur- 
chase price is reported at $20,000. 

Paris. — If America is to continue its hold on Europe, they 
will have to use this market for the best of their pictures and 
keep the rest of them on the other side of theAtlantic. Too 
many poor pictures and not enough good ones will crimp the fat 
profits that have been taken out of 

Europe during the past 12 months. 

That, in a nutshell, is the prospect 
for this side for 1934 insofar as the 
Hollywood product is concerned. The 
American stars and their product are 
still supreme on this side, but England 
is coming along fast; Germany is find- 
their mistakes; France will make bet- 
ter pictures during the coming twelve 
months and other European produc- 
tion centers give every indication of 
concentrating on better pictures. 

There is little doubt but what each 
and every country deeply resents all 
the money that is going into the 
American exchequers for motion pic- 
ture entertainment and will offer ev- 
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WB Lift Option 

Boom on for Writers 
As Pic Rush Starts 

Activity among the majors for 
writers has taken a sharp upturn, 
every major studio canvassing the 
field for first-string scenario men. 
Boom in writers is occasioned by large 
preparing schedules at each plant, the 
script boys getting the first call. 

Demand for writers is regarded as 
t''e first indication of the impending 
big push in production. Agents about 
town spent the most of last week 
sending wires to their eastern affili- 
ates to dig up possible scenarists from 
the magazine, book writing and news- 
paper fields. Latter, it is claimed, 
are ti-.e easiest to sell. 

On Sam Bischoff ^''T°r'!'"*SrM*D°';' 

To Get MCM Release 

Two weeks before his option was 
due, Warners yesterday informed Sam 
Bischoff that the company is exer- 
cising its option on the associate pro- 
ducer's contract. 

During five months he finished six 
pictures and has three in work. Lat- 
ter are "Merry Wives of Reno," "Hot 
Air" and "Fur Coats." 

Briskin Back on Job 

Sam Briskin, Columbia production 
chief, returns today from his European 
trip and will resume his duties im- 


New York. — At least one impor- 
tant exhibitor organization is fighting 
fo the last ditch before taking on the 
obligations of the NRA code. 

The Independent Theatre Owners 
Association here, headed by Harry 
Brandt, lost a fight with Local 306 
yesterday when the courts granted the 
operators' union an injunction prohib- 

iting the indie theatres from running 
in violation of the code's forty hour 
rule pending a trial of the issue Janu- 
ary 24. 

The theatre men based their oppo- 
sition on the ground that the NRA 
code is not yet a part of the law of the 
state of New York and is therefore in- 

New York.- — A deal is expected to 
be closed in a day or two for Harmon 
^nd Ising to make "Bosco" and other 
qartoon subjects for MGM. 

Harmon- Ising made these subjects 
for some time for Leon Schlesinger, 
who released through Warners. 

MacKenna on N. Y. Stage 

New York. — Kenneth MacKenna 
has been engaged by Richard Aldrich 
and Alfred de Liagre Jr. for an im- 
portant role in "By Your Leave," the 
comedy by Gladys Hurlburt and Emma 
Wells, which will be presented here 
the week of January 22. Others in- 
cluded in the cast are Dorothy Gish, 
Howard Lindsay and Ernest Glendin- 

Cuild Election Tonight 

The Writers Guild meets at 8:30 
tonight in the quarters of the Writers 
Club to elect a new executive com- 
mittee. Slate put forth by the board 
lists Courtenay Terrett, Seton Miller, 
Wells Root, Gladys Lehman, Horace 
Jackson, John Lee Mahin, Ray 
Schrock, Gene Markey, Austin Parker 
and Helen Thompson. 



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The local deluge caused a lot of 
minor tragedies along with the major 
havoc. It will cost Richard Dix thou- 
sands of dollars to repair damage to 
his ranch near Ventura. And the beau- 
tiful hillside gardens and terraces up 
at Ramon Novarro's house were com- 
pletely washed away — they had just 
been finished — but they're just a 
smudge of mud now. And C. Henry 
Cordon is one of the many who can 
check off a car as lost — only Gordon 
lost two of 'em and in the same ga- 
rage, which was accommodating 
around eight feet of water over the 


Just heard a prize crack which 
comes as an amusing climax after all 
those stories about the battle between 
Katharine Hepburn and that self-styled 
genius, Jed Harris. Someone heard that 
Sid Crauman wants the imprints of 
the Hepburn's feet for the entrance 
to his Chinese theatre. And the same 
someone suggests that Sid merely send 
for the seat of Jed Harris' pants! 

Bert Collins is now collaborating on 
the script of "Tudor Wench," but 
Marie Antoinette would turn over in 
her grave if she knew all the things 
that he knows about HER! For no 
particular reason, Collins is a walking 
encyclopedia about the "let 'em eat 
cake" girl, and owns hundreds of pic- 
tures, prints and books about the 
beauteous queen. The fact that most 
actresses usually get the Antoinette 
coiffure all wrong when they imper- 
sonate her, gives Bert a nervous break- 
down whenever he thinks about it — 
which is constantly! 

Randy Scott and Vivian Caye are 
back in town. They snuck in quite 
quietly — so they've had a few quiet 
dinners in the past few nights, which 
is just "the effect they were striving 
for." They'll be married any minute. 

You'd be cheered up about the 
folks in this business if you could hear 
the way the crews on the various lots 
are responding to the appeal for help 
for the family of Frank Ceraghty, vet- 
eran assistant director, a flood victim. 
Dick L'Estrange is handling the funds, 
if you want to know where to call. 

Unbelievable Yarn 
Set In The Jungle 


Director Cecil B. DeMille 

Original E. Arnot- Robertson 

Screen Play Lenore Coffee 

and Bartlett Cormack 

Photography Karl Struss 

Cast: Claudette Colbert, Herbert Mar- 
shall, William Cargan, Mary Bo- 
land, Leo Carrillo, Chris Pin Mar- 
tin, Joe De La Cruze, Delmar 
Costello, Minoru Nishoda, Tenu 
Shimada, E. R. Janadas, Tetsu 
Cecil DeMille or Paramount or the 
authors of "Four Frightened People" 
evidently started with the idea of giv- 
ing the public a portion of everything 
they wanted in the preparation and 
production of this picture, but they 
finished with something we believe 
few of those people will want. It's a 
hodge-podge that has its moments, but 
right in the middle of that moment, 
and right at a time when you believe 
the production has finally found it- 
self, you are shifted to another side 
of the conglomeration with the result- 
ant lack of interest and the question. 
What are they trying to prove? 

The picture has romance, comedy, 
melodrama, thrills, suspense, tragedy 
and all the other forms of story telling 
that have been used to fashion enter- 
tainment. This is sprinkled with good 
and bad acting and directing, mounted 
on jungle background, with all the 
animal noises of that jungle to re- 
mind you that the people are really 
in a jungle trying to escape a zone 
ridden with cholera and jungle fevers 
on the one side and attempting to 
reach civilization on the other. 

Those four, at times, frightened 
people, plus a guide, plug along for 
days and days; at the end of some, 
they are so tired, thorn cut and weary 
that they sit down and have a game of 
bridge to keep them from sleeping 
and getting their rest for the plod on 
the morrow; and on other occasions 
they just sit and fight and give each 
other tongue lashings. The women 
still retain all their feminine attrac- 
tiveness while the men are cut and 
bruised, their clothing torn, from their 

It is one of the most unbelievable 
yarns that has ever been concocted for 
screen purposes, even worse at times, 
than the now extinct serial. But there 
it is, have a look at it and you might 
too ask yourself the question — what 
are they trying to prove? 

The people who were supposed to 
be frightened were Claudette Colbert, 
Herbert Marshall, William Cargan and 
Mary Boland, wearing a Pomeranian 
on her arm. Leo Carrillo was the 
guide and the supporting players were 
made up mostly of natives. Many of 
the scenes were shot in Honolulu. 
The picture was directed by Cecil B. 
DeMille, who found props for a bath- 
ing sequence, even in the midst of the 
jungle. The picture was expertly pho- 
tographed by Karl Struss. The story 
was written by Lenore Coffee and 
Bartlett Cormack from an original of 
E Arnot-Robertson. 

Borzage Cot $105,000 
From Col., Not $80,000 

The story in these columns yes- 
terday regarding the Columbia- 
Borzage settlement was a little 
Screwy. Borzage received a total 
of $105,000 and not $80,000 for 
directing "Man's Castle" and "Men 
of Tomorrow." 

On "Man's Castle" the director 
elected to take $25,000 and a 50 
percent cut of the gross profit in- 
stead of a straight $50,000 salary. 
The settlement gave Borzage $30,- 
000 for his 50 percent on that 
picture with his election to take a 
straight $50,000 for the second 

Studios Coing in Strong 
For New York Stage Casts 

Studios' yen for New York stage 
players is growing. Columbia in mak- 
ing "Twentieth Century" is lining up 
tests of the play's original Broadway 
cast. Jesse L. Lasky, at Fox, is plan- 
ning on using the entire New York 
cast of "Springtime for Henry" in the 
picture version. 

Columbia is testing Etienne Cirar- 
dot and discussing Joseph Crehan, 
Jimmy Spottswood and Matt Briggs. 
Lasky has thus far set Leslie Banks 
and is seeking to borrow Helen Chand- 
ler from Radio. 

Stein Will Look Over 

Coast Radio Prospects 

David Stein, of the Music Corpora- 
tion of America, who is in Los An- 
geles in connection with the Guy 
Lombardo coast tour, announces plans 
to give auditions while here to local 
stage, screen and radio talent. 

A dozen of the nation's biggest or- 
chestra leaders now on national hook- 
ups are under the MCA banner. 

Roach Assigns Harris 

Henry Ginsberg, business manager 
of Hal Roach Studios, yesterday signed 
Ray Harris to work on the screen play 
of "Babes in Toyland." Harris was for- 
merly with Paramount and more re- 
cently wrote a treatment of "Girl 
Meet Boy," the Vina Delmar story, for 

Eddy on New MGM Deal 

Nelson Eddy signed a new term 
contract with MGM yesterday before 
leaving on his concert tour through- 
out the country. He will return in the 
spring and will likely play the lead in 
"Prisoner of Zenda." 

Milestone Starts Jan. 1 5 

Lewis Milestone will put "Red 
Square" into production for Columbia 
January 1 5 after about six months of 
preparation on the picture. Laurence 
Stallings has scripted. No cast or di- 
rector set as yet. 

Al Rosen Returns 

Al Rosen is due in today from New 
York with plans to proceed with "Mad 
Dog of Europe." Producer-agent has 
discovered a player who is Adolph 
Hitler's twin to take the leading role. 

Drab Tale Buries 
Director and Cast 


Director Elliott Nugent 

Author Don Totheroh 

Adaptors Josephine Lovett 

and Joseph Moncure March 

Photographer Lucien Andriot 

Cast: Jean Parker, Tom Brown, Zasu 
Pitts, Arthur Byron, Beulah 
Bondi, Nydia Westman, Willard 
Robertson, Charley Grapewin, 
Emerson Treacy and Paul Nichol- 

Making a heroic effort to get 
back to the soil, RKO-Radio fails to 
do hardly more than scratch the 
ground with "Two Alone." 

This picture, which started out as 
"Wild Birds," is not the least enter- 
taining picture ever made, but it will 
never be fodder for the box office. It 
is rarely unconvincing, totally senti- 
mental, wholly unimportant in all de- ' 
partments, and it would be extremely 
depressing if it carried any weight. j 

It IS the story of an orphan girl, a' 
slavey on a farm, and a runaway boy 
from the reform school, who is caught 
by the farmer and forced to toil drear- 
ily. The two love each other drearily; 
they are drearily persecuted by the 
farmer and his wife, and it is only by 
the grace of the adaptors on Don 
Totheroh's story that they do not end 

Jean Parker, as the girl, is photo- 
graphed beautifully and offers, at mo- 
ments, a fine, young, innocent appeal. 
Tom Brown is rather stiff as the boy. 
Zasu Pitts has a very small role; Ar- 
thur Byron is so mean as the farmer 
that he can't be swallowed even with 
a gallon of salt; and the same goes 
for Beulah Bondi. Nydia Westman is 
perfectly cast as the whining, dis- 
agreeable daughter, contributing morei 
than anyone else in the way of genu- 
ine acting. Charley Grapewin plays 
the character of an old, slightly in- 
sane dodderer, and Emerson Treacy 
and Paul Nicholson have small roles. 

Elliott Nugent struggled nobly with 
the direction, but failed to overcome 
the fundamental dullness of the story; 
Josephine Lovett and Joseph Moncure 
March did their best with the adapta- 
tion, and Lucien Andri'^ photograph- 
ed it well. 

With no names, a definitely stark 
and unreal story, and no humor at all 
to liven the thing, "Two Alone" is a 
poor bet in any community. Drab, 
dull, dreary. 

Union Opens Wash. Office 

Washington. — • The lATSE has 
opened offices in Washington at the 
Hamilton Hotel. Louis Krouse, exec- 
utive assistant to William C. Elliott, 
will be in charge. 

Us' Casting Problem 

With the time for casting draw- 
ing near Universal is reported try- 
ing to borrow Manny Cohen from 
Paramount for the lead in "Little 
Man — What Now?" 

Jan. 4. 1934 

Page Three 


Perfectly Produced, 
Directed and Acted 

A Samuel Coldwyn Production 

Direction Dorothy Arzner 

From the Novel by Emile Zola 

Adaptation by Willard Mack 

and Harry Wagstaff Cribble 

Photography Gregg Toland 

Music Al Newman 

Song Richard Rodgers 

and Lorenz Hart 

Starring Anna Sten 

Cast: Lionel Atwill, Richard Bennett, 
Phillips Holmes, Mae Clarke, 
Reginald Owen, Muriel Kirkland, 
Lawrence Grant. Jessie Ralph, 
Helen Freeman. 
Mr. Exhibitor — you have been ask- 
ed for many months now, to "hail" a 
new star whom you have not yet seen. 
You have been told that she was com- 
ing your way, bringing with her an ex- 
hilarating tonic of personality and 
glamour, ability and beauty to gladden 
^our customers and cram your cash 
registers. That star is Anna Sten. We 
have seen her in her first picture and 
are of the opinion that you have not 
been deceived. 

The Sten, who is Sam Coldwyn's 
new shining light, has all the attri- 
butes mentioned above, and, added to 
them, the all important and welcome 
quality of a vivaciousness which has 
up to now been a missing element in 
the "foreign importations." This qual- 
ity will endear Anna Sten even more 
to a public which cannot fail to ac- 
cept her with enthusiasm and acclaim. 
Anna Sten is superb in her picture 
debut in a story, which, though it has 
been done before in many guises, is 
nevertheless perfectly suited to her, 
and which has never been given a more 
beautiful or important production. In 
every detail "Nana" ranks as an im- 
portant picture. Money and time have 
been spent lavishly upon it — but they 
have not been wasted. There may 
be critics who will find flaws in 
"Nana" as a work of art, but it's a 
safe bet that audiences anywhere will 
relish this piece of entertainment — for 
it is entertainment, from start to fin- 
ish. A romantic and glamorous film, 
perfectly produced, dominated by the 
personality of Sten, who is reminiscent 
of many, but the replica of none, are 
sufficient to spell a swell hour and 
more for any chair-filler. 

Dorothy Arzner has done a splendid, 
intriguing job with the direction of 
"Nana." Her attention to little de- 
tails — "tags" to what might have 
been stilted endings of certain scenes, 
show her ability in innumerable places, 
together with a definite pace and in- 

Lionel Atwill offers his best screen 
work in "Nana," while Phillips 
Holmes, as the young lover, has a 
chance to do some fine work and 
comes through. Richard Bennett is 
excellent in his role. Reginald Owen, 
Jessie Ralph, Helen Freeman, Ferdi- 
nand Gottschalk, Lawrence Grant were 
fine in brief appearances. Mae Clarke 
plays well as a gutter companion of 

Gregg Toland's photography and the 
settings combine to give "Nana" an 

N. Y. Embassy Closes 

New York. — Film men got one 
of the biggest shocks of recent 
months with the announcement by 
Fox that the newsreel theatre, the 
Embassy, on Broadway, would be 
closed. "Operating costs too 
high," said the statement. 

Sullavan Gets Next 
Assignment At U' 

Margaret Sullavan and Douglass 
Montgomery were set yesterday by 
Henry Henigson for his Universal pro- 
duction, "If I Was Rich." Mont- 
gomery replaces Roger Pryor, who had 
been previously slated for a leading 

Montgomery's deal went through 
the Selznick-Joyce office. Picture will 
be directed by Edward Ludwig from a 
screen play by Harry Sauber and Earle 

Desmond Joins Cantor 

Florence Desmond was set by the 
William Morris office yesterday for a 
featured spot in the Eddie Cantor unit, 
which starts a three weeks' tour at 
the Brooklyn, N. Y., Paramount to- 

Waycoff in Stage Role 

New York. — Leon Waycoff has a 
leading role in "Among Those Sailing" 
which has its tryout in Philadelphia 
January 8. Play marks the return to 
the stage of both Constance and Faire 

Jarrett Tested for 'McKee' 

Clarence Brown has been testing 
Art Jarrett the past two days for the 
male lead opposite Joan Crawford in 
"Sadie McKee," her next starring 
vehicle. Picture is scheduled to go 
into production this month. 

Frat Boys Dine Rudy 

Rudy Vallee will be feted as guest 
of honor at the Roosevelt Hotel Mon- 
day night by the Hollywood Alumni 
of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraernity. 

Royer Does Reno Yarn 

"Reno Flyer," an original by Wil- 
liam Bloecher, will be the next picture 
produced by Fanchon Royer. 

Pat O'Brien on Air 

Eleanor Barnes tonight interviews 
Pat O'Brien, Warners' contract player, 
via an 85 station hook-up. 

atmosphere that is not only exquisite 
but so foreign as to create a perfect 
illusion, and the musical score by Al 
Newman and the interpolation of a 
great single song number by Rodgers 
and Hart, "That's Love," make the 
production rate I 00 per cent. 

Willard Mack and Harry Wagstaff 
Gribble deserve credit for tailoring 
"Nana" to perfect screen measure- 
ments — which was no easy task. And 
the total result should be a bell-ringer 
for Goldwyn and all of you who have 
been waiting for "Nana" to come 

arner Tries Hard 
For 'Napoleon' Lead 

Even though Warners went so far 
as to offer to change the title of the 
Edward G, Robinson starring picture 
"Napoleon" to "Napoleon and Joseph- 
ine," they were unable to get Jeanette 
MacDonald for the co-starring spot in 
this picture. 

The studio has been trying for the 
past month to get the star, but with 
her next picture, "Duchess of Del- 
monico," for MGM starting at the 
same time as the Warner picture the 
deal could not be made. 

Warners plan an attempt to get 
Katherine Cornell for the role, when 
the star arrives in Hollywood in about 
ten days. 

Mervyn and Doris Europe- 
Bound For Honeymoon 

New York. — The new Mr. and Mrs. 
LeRoy, Mervyn and Doris Warner, em- 
barked on the Bremen today for a 
honeymoon trip in Europe following 
yesterday's wedding at the Waldorf 
Astoria hotel. Over two hundred at- 
tended the wedding, with stage and 
screen strongly represented. 

DeMille Still Seeking 

An Antony for Xleo' 

Carl Brisson is the latest of the 
"Antonys" to be tested by Cecil B. 
DeMille in an effort to find the right 
foil for Claudette Colbert in the forth- 
coming "Cleopatra," her next picture. 

Filling this part has been one of 
Paramount's major headaches the past 

Expect an Agents' Code 

Charles F. Lowy, deputy state com- 
missioner, stated yesterday that action 
in regard to complaints against agents 
would be held up pending the formu- 
lation by NRA officials of a code of 
procedure for theatrical and picture 

Bainter Delays N. Y. Trip 

Fay Bainter's departure for New 
York is being delayed for another 
week. The reason for the delay is 
that MGM still has more scenes to 
make on "It Happened One Day," in 
which she appears. 

More Footballers at WB 

Joe E. Brown was host yesterday to 
the All-East football team that lost to 
the All-West aggregation in San Fran- 
cisco Monday. Group was shown 
through the Warner plant. 

Ruth Etting Going East 

Ruth Etting will return to the east 
shortly to accept a radio network deal. 
Both Old Gold and Tidewater Oil have 
offered her spots on their new pro- 
grams originating from New York. 

Col. Closes Offices 

New York. — Columbia's home of- 
fices will be closed for the hour be- 
tween one and two in respect to Mrs. 
Bella Cohn, whose funeral will be 
held today. 


With New York m the grip of the 
worst cold wave known to New York- 
ers in thirteen years, we pause a mo- 
ment for a silent prayer for those 
noblemen of the newsreels who have 
to go on what is known as "ice duty." 
And every one of them at some time 
or another, finds himself shipped up 
to the far North with his trusty cam- 
era and film to spend several gay 
months aboard an ice-cutter or patrol 
boat. It's not as though the news- 
reels couldn't use the same shots of 
ice each year, because take it from 
one who has seen ice, after you've 
seen one piece, you've seen practic- 
ally all of them. No, they send them 
up there in the fond hope that they'll 
run into a wreck or see one happen or 
aid in the rescue, cameras grinding all 
the time to make exclusive pictures of 
Arctic Follies for movie audiences. 
And that's our idea of the dullest job 
in the world. 


There's an actor in town at the 
moment who has scored one of the 
biggest personal successes seen on the 
stage in recent years. Now this actor 
has been pretty snooty about picture 
offers, giving out the fact that he 
doesn't know whether he really wants 
to wreck his art in Hollywood, and the 
stage IS the place for an actor, etc., 
etc. And in the midst of it all, it is 
discovered that this same actor has 
been making tests almost every day at 
a certain studio at the rate of fifty 
dollars a day and with the under- 
standing that if they ever decide to 
make a picture from the test mate- 
rial, he is to have the lead. 

You-all probably have seen a copy 
of the very arty magazine, "Experi- 
mental Cinema." So the editor of that 
IS a man by the name of Lou Jacobs 
and his mission in life it would seem, 
IS to debunk the cinema and tear the 
Hollywood run of pictures completely 
apart. And this same man gains his 
stead/ income from making trailers — 
trailers that must be attractive and 
exciting enough to sell the very pic- 
tures he so blithely condemns in his 
magazine. He seems to be sorta liv- 
ing that old adage about "Let not thy 
right hand know what they left hand 

Maxie Baer was at the fights this 
Friday night and it is hereby suggest- 
ed that in his next picture he fight 
the American heavyweight "champ." 
Impellittiere — just for a laugh. If 
there had been movie cameras at the 
ringside for that fight between Impel- 
littiere and Neusel they'd have made 
a record of one of the funniest com- 
edy sequences that ever was incorpor- 
ated in a picture. No foolin', the 
crowd laughed so hard they forgot to 
get mad. Neusel literally won the 
fight by a mile. (run). And at one 
point Impellittiere got sooo tiahed 
that he leaned too long on Neusel and 
the two of them leaned right through 
the ropes and out of the ring. Be- 
sides which, the big hunk of flesh that 
was Impellittiere. couldn't make a 
move without instructions from his 
corner and he really lost the last two 
rounds because his corner was having 
hysterics from laughing so hard. 


















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Here's whaf other critics say: 

The New York Morning Telegraph — 1 1-10-33 . . . However, the 
best bit in the picture is that showing Max Baer tossing a mean 
step about as a vaudeville actor, when he isn't warbling a ditty 
or two in approved Bing Crosby manner. THAT SCENE ALONE 

New York Daily News — 1 1 -1 I -33 . . . Giving the fight sequence 
tops for thrills, the most "SURPRISING, AMUSING. CHUCK- 
LING bit in the film" is the revue scene in which the grinning, 
self-confident Baer warbles a song in best crooner style and goes 
into his dance with all the utterly unembarrassed abandon of a 
real hoofer. Truly an amazing lad and an amusing picture. 

New York Herald Tribune — 11-11-33 . . . There are several 
dozen individual incidents in the film which I should recom- 
mend to you. ... In addition, you should pay attention to the 
INCOMPARABLE scene in which Baer goes into his dance with 
the show girls in his vaudeville appearance. 

New York Daily Mirror — 11-11-33 ... A ten-round world's 
championship fight, a floor show, a Broadway revue, an elaborate 
special movie: "The Prizefighter and the Lady" is all of these 
things, the stupendous entertainment bargain of the season. It 
is Baer who carries the leading role and comes through as the 
biggest surprise in recent film history. He can act. He can sing, 
dance, clown, emote, make love and fight. HE SINGS AND 

New York Evening Journal— 1 1 -10-33 . . . And SPECIAL MEN- 
TION should be — and here is — made of the diverting dance 
routine which gives Max a chance to hoof, and very nicely, too. 

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Here's what other critics say: 

The New York Times — 1 1-1 1-33 . . . Mr. Baer is a versatile in- 
dividual, for when the occasion demands he SINGS and DANCES 
A GOOD DEAL BETTER than some of those who consider them- 
selves experts. 

Time — 11-13-33 . . . Max Baer was directed not to act, but to 
depend exclusively on a hyper-thyroid ebullience which was 
most appropriate in the scene where Baer, on a vaudeville stage, 
SANG and DANCED with a female chorus. 

Los Angeles Illustrated Daily News — 12-15-33 . . . MGM in- 
serted an effective musical sequence, which made Max Baer 
shine like a diamond in comparison with some of the Hollywood 
hoofers, for this lad's footwork has speed, and he has genuine 

Hollywood Filmograph — 10-21-33 . . . His work on the vaude- 
ville stage in the dancing sequences, as produced by Seymour 
Felix, is just as big a sensation as is his swapping punches with 
the Man-mountain, Primo Camera. 

The Hollywood Reporter . . . Seymour Felix's musical act for 
Max Baer and a troupe of girls, which is one of the best inter- 
ludes in the story, is both novel and effective with its moving 
sets and its fast action. 

. . . And Even In Omaha . . 

Bee-News, Omaha, Neb. — 11-13-33 . . . The most amusing bit 
in the flicker is the scene in which Maxie sings and dances his 
way through a vaudeville act. 

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Page Six 

Jan. 4, 1934 

Col. On Hot Hunt 
For Needed Stories 

Columbia about has the flag upside 
down in a hunt for stories and writers 
to shape the screen plays for produc- 
tion during the next two months. As 
is the practise at the studio, a con- 
siderable period of time is given to 
the preparation of scripts, but with 
seven pictures awaiting shooting each 
passing day is adding pressure to the 

The majority of the seven produc- 
tions need stories. These are "Hello 
Big Boy," "Men Need Women," 
"Criminal Within" (previous story for 
this title being released under an- 
other tag), "Blind Date" and an un- 
titled Jack Holt feature. 

Columbia has stories for "Too 
Tough to Kill" and "Produce the 
Body," but is seeking screen play ex- 
perts to translate them to the medium 
of the screen. 

Lining Cast Up For 

Bergerman's *Countess* 

June Knight is seriously being con- 
sidered for the lead in Stanley Ber- 
german's next production for Universal 
titled "Countess of Monte Cristo." 
Reginald Owen has been signed for 
one of the featured roles. Paul Lukas, 
who was set for the male lead, will 
not be in the picture due to injuries 
received in a fall from a horse. Karl 
Freund will direct. 

Television Worker Here 

To Talk To Studios 

R. V. Newcomb, who has success- 
fully produced radio television shorts 
in the midwest, is in town to talk 
over possible motion picture coopera- 
tion. He is conferring with picture 
executives on the idea of producing 
two-reelers for excusive radio televi- 
sion release. 

Schertzinger To Meg 

Grace Moore Musical 

Victor Schertzinger was signed yes- 
terday by Columbia on a one-picture 
deal to direct the Grace Moore starring 
vehicle. The yarn being written by 
Jo Swerling is yet untitled. The 
Schulberg-Feldman and Gurney offce 
made the deal. 

Knechtel Films Trafalgar 

London. — Lloyd Knechtel, Ameri- 
can cinematographer and A.S.C. mem- 
ber, has just completed a trick se- 
quence on the Battle of Trafalgar for 
British-Gaumont which has them talk- 
ing. His next assignment is in Kor- 
da's H. G. Wells yarn. 

Draper Gets an Agent 

Paul Draper, whom Sid Grauman 
brought from New York for a top 
spot in his "Little Women" prologue 
at the Chinese Theatre, has been plac- 
ed under a managerial contract by the 
Lichtig and Englander office. 

Fox Wants Connolly 

Fox is negotiating with Columbia 
for the loan of Walter Connolly, Ac- 
tor is wanted for one of the featured 
spots in a current picture which may 
be "All Men Are Enemies," which will 
be directed by Henry King. 

European Prospects 

(Continued from Page 1) 


MCM prod.; director, Rouben Mamoulian; writers, Salka Viertel, Margaret 

LeVino, S. N. Behrman. 
Astor Theatre 
News: The picture moves a little slowly, but with grace, from one lovely setting 
to another. It is a picture that must not be missed, because Garbo is at 
her best in some of its scenes. 
Herald-Tribune: Greta Garbo returns to her public, after a long absence, as a 
greater artist than ever. She is helped, too, by Mr. Mamoulian, who seems 
inspired by the sincerity of his star. Mr. Behrman's dialogue deserves 
praise. It matches the simple directness of the story. 
Mirror: Garbo is matchless. Garbo is still supreme. Gilbert gives a splendid 
performance. But he also seems to inspire Garbo. And it is her picture. 
It is an impressive, stirring and lovely picture, glorified by the greatest 
work of the greatest actress in films. 
World-Telegram: Miss Garbo, as Christina, is truly magnificent. It is easily 
the finest piece of acting she has ever done. John Gilbert is superb. 
Due praise to all the others in the cast, too, who are in every way ex- 
cellent. In the writing, story, acting, direction, costumes and settings it 
is a superb and beautiful film, and most decidedly must be seen. 
Post: The continuity and direction of "Queen Christina" have done more to 
take the life out of the picture than any other factor. Miss Garbo is dis- 
appointing in her stilted and self-conscious posturings. However, it is 
beautiful to look at; beautifully mounted, and beautifully costumed, but 
this effect has been gained at the expense of action and drama. 
American: Perhaps Garbo has never evidenced so great and diverse an appeal as 
in the role of Christina. Gilbert makes a dashing lover as of yore, and 
plays his fiery role with proper intensity. He seems now a better actor 
than before. 
journal: Superb. The elaborate settings and costumes are impressive, and so 
well is the story constructed that they very properly remain as a back- 
ground instead of intruding as "historical" props. The dialogue, con- 
tributed by S. N. Behrman, is excellent. 
Times: Looking as alluring as ever, Garbo gives a performance which merits 
nothing but the highest praise. S. N. Behrman is responsible for the dia- 
logue which is a bright and smooth piece of writing. 
Sun: There is brightness and cheer in S. N. Behrman's smooth and often cleverly 
turned dialogue. But Garbo seems to be suffering from an acute case 
of glamour. And that probably is not her fault. Gilbert tried very hard, 
but his performance appears a little stilted. "Queen Christina" misses 
fire, somehow, and that is disappointing. 

Competition Hot 
Between Electrics 

New York. — The rebuilding and re- 
opening of the old Biograph studio 
by RCA interests has brought a coun- 
ter move from Erpi with the decision 
to completely overhaul the Eastern 
Service Studios in the Bronx, and in- 
stallation of the latest in sound equip- 
ment at that plant. 

During the overhauling the present 
equipment and productions being made 
will be shifted to the Astoria plant. 

Ban Stage for jean Muir 

Warners will not allow Jean Muir 
to take the lead opposite Francis Led- 
erer in the local stage production of 
"Autumn Crocus." Studio feels the 
stage contract will tie the actress up 
for too long a time and will interfere 
with her next picture assignment 
which will be ready soon. 

Ethel Hill on Col. Job 

Ethel Hill has been assigned to 
write the dialogue on the next Jack 
Holt picture for Columbia, "Whirl- 
pool," which is scheduled to get un- 
der way January 15. Dorothy Howell 
has just completed the continuity of 
the Howard Emmett Rogers story. 

*U' Seeks Elliott Nugent 

Universal is querying Radio for the 
loan of Elliott Nugent. Edmund 
Grainger wants him to direct "Ameri- 
can Scotland Yard." 

Lewis Gets Added Duties 
On UV Monte Cristo' 

Gene Lewis, who wrote the dia- 
logue in "I Like It That Way" for 
Universal, will write and direct dia- 
logue for "Countess of Monte Cristo" 
for same studio. 

Picture is scheduled to go into pro- 
duction January 10, but may be held 
up if Paul Lukas' shoulder injury has 
not healed by that date. 

Levenson in Book Deal 

Macauley Publishing Company has 
signed Lew Levenson to a three novel 
contract. The deal was closed by Lee 
Furman, Macauley representative, be- 
fore he returned to New York. The 
first novel, which is to be published 
this fall, will be a story based on the 
life of a famous musical comedy star 
titled "Butterfly Man." 

Next McCoy Starts 

Columbia puts the fifth of the eight 
Tim McCoy action pictures, "Storm at 
Midnight," into production January 10 
with Buddy Coleman, recently elevat- 
ed from sn assistant director, direct- 
ing. Irving Briskin produces. 

Sale in 'Cowman's Loss' 

1 Chic Sale's first short on his two 
isicture deal with MGM will be "Cow- 
rnan's Loss," based on the poem of 
the noted poet, E. A. Brininstool. Jack 
jCummings will supervise and direct 
this subject. 

ery encouragement to their own pro- 
ducers to meet the American chal- 

A survey of the principal European 
territories made by the various repre- 
sentatives of The Hollywood Reporter 
is summarized as follows: 

France: Imports are going to suffer 
because French production is in a state 
that cari be described by the word "in- 
flation." Both big companies and in- 
dependents have enlarged schedules 
while Paramount, Fox and Universal 
plan from six to twelve pictures to 
be made here. On top of that the 
French as a nation are getting very 
peeved because they feel French pic- 
tures do not get a break in foreign 
countries. But experience with "Back 
Street," "All Quiet," the MGM spec- 
ials, and United Artists pictures has 
shown that France will always wel- 
come real box office attractions. 

Germany: The German market needs 
product badly, particularly quality 
product, but American companies have 
shown weakness and indecision at a 
time when strength and perseverance 
were needed to handle a delicate sit- 
uation, with the result that this mar- 
ket is greatly in danger of slipping 

Spain: Once a good market for 
American pictures it is now not only 
becoming more independent by en- 
couraging domestic production, backed 
by Tobis financing and facilities, but 
there is a changing attitude that is in- 
creasing the popularity of French pic- 
tures to the detriment of American. 
But with German pictures slipping to 
the rear position, there is still a f>os- 
sibility for Americans to make a bid 
for this market with real quality. 

Poland: This is a new headache, as 
Poland is considering boosting tariff 
walls and establishing quotas. The ; 
French have quietly slipped in and ; 
taken the cream left by the disappear- , 
ance of German product. The public 
likes American pictures but the 
French so far have shown the greater 

Belgium: The French are going to 
blanket this market, with British Gau- 
mont making a new strong bid, unless 
American distributors forget volume 
imports and concentrate on their i 
quality attractions. The collapse of 
German production created a wonder- 
ful opportunity here which is not be- 
ing taken advantage of. 

Italy: Here is the brightest spot for 
American pictures, due to a favorable , 
attitude on the part of Mussolini and 
the Italian people, and the complete 
failure of Italian picture makers to 
deliver quality entertainment since' 
talkies came in. 

Norway, Sweden and Denmark of- 
fer good possibilities for the coming 
year because here too, Germany al- 
ways dominated, and the Hitler de- . 
bade leaves a choice spot open. 

A concluding word should be that, 
American companies must resist a ten- 
dency to sell outright in certain coun- > 
tries where branches have been es- 
tablished for years. This will be dis- 
astrous in the future, and the lost 
ground might never be regained. 

One outstanding attraction in any i 
European country will show returns 
equaling those of ten ordinary pictures 
put together. 

Jan. 4, 1934 


Page Seven 



Classical Piece Has 
No Screen Hopes 


Daniel Frohman presents "Yoshe 
Kalb," adapted fronn the novel by 
I. J. Singer by Fritzi Blocki ; di- 
rected by Maurice Schwartz; mu- 
sic by Leo Koutzen; settings by 
Alex Chertov. With Erin O'Brien- 
Moore, Fritz Lieber, Horace 
Braham, John Wexley and a large 
New York. — Daniel Frohman, "af- 
liter having seen the play in the origi- 
nal Yiddish on two occasions, found 
it of such general human interest — 
transcending, as it does, the limita- 
tions of language, race and creed — 
that he was prompted to come out of 
retirement to sponsor the English ver- 
sion." We quote verbatim from the 
program notes, and while we find no 
reason to quarrel with Mr. Frohman's 
idea on ihe subject we can find no 
reason to agree with him. The pro- 
duction has been beautifully staged, 
in the episodic manner, with many of 
the scenes notable for their beauty, 
but to us at least it is not the stuff 
that transcends the limitations of lan- 
guage, race and creed. In fact it 
I seemed to us very definitely circum- 
scribed by those limitations, plus the 
, fact that it is not a play but a spec- 
I tacle throwing very little light on the 
; main characters or any motivation for 
their acts, so that unless one is fairly 
well steeped in Jewish lore the English 
translation is more bewildering than 
Yiddish cadences. One can but ap- 
preciate Mr. Frohman's finer feelings 
and the loving care and artistic mani- 
festations in the production of this 
Jewish classic. 

Erin O'Brien-Moore (believe it or 
not) is the best thing in the play as 
the young girl with leanings toward 
the Gypsy in her blood, who is mar- 
ried off to the seventy-year-old Rabbi. 
In her determination to satisfy youth- 
ful longings she fires the temple and 
uses her wiles to seduce young Naum, 
the Rabbi's son-m-law, to forget the 
teachings of the Talmud and commit 
adultery,. For this the girl dies with 
her unborn child and Naum is con- 
demned to eternal suffering and be- 
comes the Chassidic version of the 
"Wandering Jew" and incidentally 
gains the name of Yoshe Kalb, which 
evidently means "fool." 

Horace Braham is the Yoshe Kalb 
who is given over completely to agon- 
izing sorrow. Fritz Lieber is magnifi- 
cently Shakespearian as the Rabbi and 
John Wexley lyes, the playwright) 
has himself a gay time of it as one of 
the Chassidim. Joanne Myers as the 
half-wit daughter of a grave-digger 
gives a superb performance of one in 
whom the animal suffers no binding 
allegiance to the ruling of a sound 

Mono Buys Keeler Novel 

Monogram yesterday closed the deal 
for "Sing Sing Nights," a novel by 
Harry Stephen Keeler, and will pro- 
duce it on the next year's program. 
Mitchell Gertz of Al Kingston agency 

Cohn Came Thru 

New York. — There has been 
some kidding about Jack Cohn and 
a Christmas bonus for Columbia 
employees here, but the fact re- 
mains that when the dust settled 
it was Columbia alone that did give 
something to the boys and girls of 
the home office. 

WB Repeat Cast on 
Van Dine Mystery 

Warners will recruit the same cast 
and director in "The Dragon Murder 
Case, "the S. S. Van Dine murder mys- 
tery, as was used in "The Kennel 
Murder Case" with the exception of 
the leading woman, yet to be selected. 

William Powell will again portray 
the role of Philo Vance, Eugene Pal- 
lette will play Sergeant Heath, and 
Robert McWade will again play Mark- 
ham. Michael Curtiz will direct. 

'Alice' Clicking 
Outside of London 

London. — Even though West End 
and London did not go for "Alice in 
Wonderland" the provinces are roll- 
ing up quite an attractive gross for 
this Paramount production. This is 
true especially in the industrial cen- 
ters such as Manchester and Leeds. 

Roach Studios Reopening 

With the reopening of the Hal 
Roach studio next Monday, Laurel and 
Hardy resume production of "Oliver 
the Eighth," which was postponed 
when Laurel's brother died two weeks 
ago. Studio will shoot the balance of 
the current program in quick succes- 
sion with 24 subjects scheduled for 
completion in the next five months. 

Orsatti Calls Trip Off 

New York. — Frank Orsatti has 
abandoned his European trip and will 
leave for Hollywood about January 10. 
While here the agent closed deals for 
the sale of the picture rights to James 
Barrie's works, A. M. S. Hutchinson's 
"If Winter Comes" and other well 
known novels. 

West Into United Artists 

Paramount has booked the Mae 
West picture "I'm No Angel" into 
the United Artists theatre following 
the run of Eddie Cantor's picture, 
"Roman Scandals." This is the first 
popular price run of this picture in 
Los Angeles. 

La Sullavan on Radio 

Margaret Sullavan has been signed 
to appear on the Fleischmann hour 
today as guest star on the program 
with Rudy Vallee. The Selznick- 
Joyce office made the deal. 

Landy-Hunt N.Y. Tie-Up 

Landy and Hunt, local publicity 
purveyors, have arranged a New York 
contact with Jeannette Sauer, head- 
quartering at the Marguerite Hotel. 

Lesser To Remake 
'Peck's Bad Boy' 

With the majors combing the files 
for classics to duplicate the "Little 
Women" success it looks as though 
Sol Lesser is coming up with a smart 
showmanship bet in plans to revive 
"Peck's Bad Boy." 

In 1918 with Jackie Coogan in the 
lead the picture grossed better than 
$600,000. Lesser plans a selling 
campaign similar to his "Tarzan The 
Fearless," making a combination eight 
reel feature and eight two reel epi- 
sodes to follow. 

Production is set to start about the 
middle of February and deals are now 
on for director, writer and star. 

Wood and Felix on New 
'Cat and Fiddle' Scenes 

Sam Wood has been assigned to 
direct the added scenes and retakes 
on the Jeanette MacDonald-Ramon 
Novarro picture "Cat and the Fiddle" 
for MCM. 

Wood will handle the dramatic 
scenes and Seymour Felix will direct 
the musical numbers. William K. 
Howard, who directed the picture 
originally, is tied up at present on "It 
Happened One Day." 

Mono Has Three Ready 

Because "Numbers of Monte Carlo" 
is ready to get under way with Paul 
Malvern producing, Monogram will not 
shoot the two westerns which were to 
have started this week until nex t 
month. Norman Houston has script- 
ed from the E. Phillips Oppenheim 
novel. Ben Verschleiser's next pro- 
duction, "Jane Eyre," and "Manhat- 
tan Love Song," which Leonard Fields 
will direct, are ready to start. 

Neil Pratt Dies 

Neil Pratt, actor, who came to Hol- 
lywood about a year ago from stock 
work in Toledo, Detroit, and New 
York, died yesterday of heart failure 
at the age of 44. A widow and two 
children survive. The player had ap- 
peared in Radio and Educational shorts 
and indie features. 

Goldsmith After Kiddies 

Ken Goldsmith yesterday signed 
Jackie Searle for a series of four six- 
reel subjects designed for children's 
trade. Besides the twelve year old 
Searle the first, which goes into pro- 
duction March 10, will have Lobo, a 
wolf dog, and Bingo, a horse, in the 

Rian James' Novel Out 

Rian James' new novel, "Ladies in 
Waiting," a yarn with a Hollywood 
background, will be on the street to- 
day. Alfred H. King is publishing 
the book. 

Lila Lee in 'Follies' 

Li la Lee was signed by Fox yester- 
day for a role in the "Fox Follies," 
which Hamilton McFadden is direct- 
ing. The Selznick-Joyce office set the 

Raymond Milland set through Ber- 
nard and Meiklejohn for Paramount's 
"We're Not Dressing." 

Vivian Oakland signed for Warners' 
"Merry Wives of Reno." Deal han- 
dled by Al Kingston agency. 

fohnny Arthur goes into "Hot Air," 

Three Randall Sisters added to "Fox 
Follies," Fox. Bernard and Meikle- 
john set. 

Fox tests Margaret Nearing today 
for a spot in "Fox Follies." 

Virginia Sale, having just complet- 
ed role in "Registered Nurse," was 
signed again by Warners for a spot in 
"Hit Me Again." Al Kingston nego- 

Reginald Owen signed through Wil- 
liam Morris for "Countess of Monte 
Cristo," Universal. 

Julian Rivero into "Viva Villa," 
MCM. Set by Howard Seiter office. 

Grace Hayle through Howard Seiter 
for "Hot Air," Warners. 

Francesca Moran for "Napoleon," 

Mickey McCuire, Arthur )arrett, 
John Davjd Horsley and Sumner Cet- 
chel were assigned roles in "It Hap- 
pened One Day," which William K. 
Howard is directing for MGM. 

Theodore Lodi signed by Twentieth 
Century for a spot in "House of 
Rothschild." O'Reilly-Mann set the 

Mickey Daniels and Billy Taft into 
MGM's "High School." 

Mawita Castenada signed through 
Bernard and Meiklejohn for Warners' 
Spanish picture "Fortune Teller." 

Forrester Harvey engaged for "Old 
Hannibal," MGM. 

Wilbur Mack into the cast of "So 
You Won't Sing, Eh?" at Radio. 

Russell Hopton signed through 
MacQuarrie for a featured role in 
"Men in White," MGM. 

Russell Hardie added to the cast of 
"Men in White" at MGM. 

New O'Neill Play In 
New York Monday 

New York. — Eugene O'Neill's play, 
"Days Without End," will open on 
January 8 at the Henry Miller Theatre 
here, replacing "All Good Americans." 
The play is a conflict between atheism 
and religious faith, and faith is tri- 
umphant. In the cast are Earle Larri- 
more, Selena Royle I Mrs. Earle Larri- 
more), Stanley Ridges, Robert Loraine 
and Ilka Chase. 

Yohalem Scripts at 'U' 

George Yohalem has returned to 
the ranks of the scenario writers. 
Universal has engaged him to work on 
the script of "Man Who Reclaimed 
His Head" under Henry Henigson's 
supervision. William Wyler is dis- 
cussing the directorial assignment. 

Joe Rock Getting Set 

Murray Rock, brother of Joe Rock, 
has been commissioned by the latter 
to negotiate deals in Hollywood for 
the London picture which Joe is lin- 
ing up. A release through British 
International Pictures is understood to 
be set. 


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Friday, January 5, 1934 


•ANOTHER of those family affairs, 
always prevalent at Universal, has 
been ironed out with the result that 
Carl Laemmie Jr. remains here to make 
Universal pictures, instead of running 
to Europe for a three month vacation. 

Never has there been a man so 
loyal to his family and relatives as 
"Uncle Carl" Laemmie and the won- 
der of it is that he is still in business 
because of that loyalty, that love for 
his blood relations. 

This time the family arguments 
reached Junior and Junior, rather than 
argue about it, decided to vacation 
until the matter was settled. But it 
has been settled before he could get 
away from town and now instead of 
a vacation, he goes back to work, to 
the great benefit of Universal. 

Picture costs in this industry are a 
bit insane. Companies will start out 
on the preparation of a yarn that, 
never at any stage of its development 
or production, has a box office chance. 
The company head knows it, but still 
okays the expenditure. A waste of 
money. And that same company head 
will see a picture in preview that 
could be greatly helped with the re- 
shooting of a few scenes, but he will 
not permit the expenditure even 
though he believed that thousands of 
dollars could be tacked on to its gross. 
What kind of logic is that? 

Thalberg is the father of the great- 
est production idea this business has 
ever known. He was the originator 
of taking a picture out of the preview 
house and planting it right back on 
the shooting stage, IF it were deter- 
mined that the picture could be help- 
ed with part of it remade. He con- 
sidered the preview as his dress re- 
hearsal; a showing that would deter- 
mine the merits of the production; a 
test of what was right and wrong and 
starting work all over again. 

They laughed and kidded the Thal- 
berg idea, but it made GREAT PIC- 
TURES and will continue to make 
great pictures IF you have a man or 
organization who can recognize the 
rights and wrongs of a picture in pre- 
view and be able to tell the remedy. 

Never, in the long history of this 
business, has anyone been able to tag 
the right values of a pictures until it 
was finished and before an audience. 
When a picture reaches preview, it 
should be considered as just half com- 

Radio Chiefs West 
For Studio Talks 

New York. — J. R. McDonough, ac- 
tive operating head of RKO and Radio, 
and O. R. McMahon, comptroller of 
Radio-Keith-Orpheum, leave here for 
the coast Sunday for a number of im- 
portant conferences with studio offi- 
cials. It is also possible that other 
home office execs may accompany 

Insiders discount rumors of any 
shake-up or radical meaning to the 
gathering. They point out that this 
is the first opportunity McDonough 
has had to visit the studios since tak- 
ing over the reins and the trip is real- 
ly made for first hand study of pro- 
duction conditions. 

Brent Suspended In 
Row With Warners 

Warners have suspended George 
Brent from the studio salary list and 
the wrangle is on between the two, 
with the player seeking a settlement 
of his contract in order to become a 
free lancer. 

Difficulties date back to the mak- 
ing of "Mandalay" recently when 
Brent rejected a role in the picture 
and put in his claim to approve assign- 
ments or quit. 

Hays Plans Long Stay 

New York. — Will Hays, who leaves 
here the 1 5th for Hollywood, plans to 
remain in the film capital longer than 
his customary two weeks, as he ex- 
pects to be plenty busy interpreting 
certain ramifications of the NRA 

Harris Here for V Talks 

Robert Harris, New York story head 
for Universal, gets in by plane tomor- 
row from the east. 

Car/ Laemmie Flatly Denies 
Rumors Of Katz Deal - ''No 
Negotiations Of Any Kind On'' 

New York rumors current all this week that negotiations 
were nearing completion for the purchase of Universal by Sam 
Katz and associates were vigorously denied yesterday by Carl 
Laemmie, Sr., who added: "You cannot make my denial too em- 
phatic; there are no reservations to it. 

Y. Hears Rogers 

Universal is NOT for sale." 

The Universal head continued: 

"Futhermore, just to clear the air 

completely, you may state that there 

are no negotiations of any kind on or 

in prospect, either here or in New 

York. If there were I would certainly 

know about it. Certainly no one is 

going to sell Universal without my 

(Continued on Page 21 

Lloyd's 'Catspaw' 
For Fall Release 

Harold Lloyd's delivery of "The 
Catspaw" to Fox is pretty definitely 
figured for a Fall release, probably 
starting off the organization's next 
year's release schedule. Preparat on 
has taken so long that the comed an 
had the choice of hurrying for Sp.'in^ 
release or getting too close to the 
Summer season, with the final dec's^on 
to take the time needed and aim at 

Jack Cain 'Flu' Victim 

J. J. Gam is confined to his home 
with a severe siege of the flu. An 
overload of work also has the Fox exec 
threatened with a nervous attack and 
he IS planning a brief rest at Palm 
Springs when he is well enough to 
leave for the resort. 


New York. — Machinery for the or- 
ganization of the local grievance, zon- 
ing and clearance boards was put in 
motion yesterday at the second meet- 
ing of the Code Authority with a de- 
cision to immediately send out 20,000 
letters to exchanges, theatres, etc., 
calling for signatures of assent to the 

Only those signing will be allowed 
access to the operations of the code 
(Continued on Page 7) 

Keating Interests MCM 

New York. — MGM is negotiating 
with Fred Keating for a long term 
contract. He is now appearing in 
"All Good Americans." 

Major Zanft Here 

Ma)or John Zanft arrived in town 
Wednesday from New York. He was 
a guest in A. H. Ciannini's private car 
on the trip across country. 

And Warner DealOn 

New York. — While here for the 
LeRoy-Warner nuptials Jack Warner is 
understood to have told intimates that 
a deal is close to closing by which 
C.narlcs R. Rogers and his organization 
will rrove to the Warner tent on the 
conc'us on of the producer's Para- 
r'ount deal. 

relieved possible that Rogers will 
P'oduce at the old Sunset Boulevard 
sudios of Warners, keeping his or- 
' cn.zat on's identity as he has at Para- 
r-Qunt but promised greater coopera- 
tion in the use of stars and stock 

i.!_M Dickers on Two 

Max Cordon Plays 

New York. — MGM is negotiating 
with Max Cordon for the screen 
rights cf his two productions, "Ro- 
berta" and "Her Master's Voice." The 
first is the Kern-iHarbach musical, 
while the latter is by Clare Kummer, 
with Roland Young in the lead of 
the stage play. 

Del Ruth To Europe 

Roy Del Ruth plans a trip to Eu- 
rope, his first vacation in ten years, 
at the expiration of his contract with 
Warners in six weeks. 

Expected on his return to go with 
Darryl Zanuck's Twentieth Century 
Company, the two being close friends 
since early Warner days. 

Sam Briskin Back 

With a sigh of relief, Sam Briskin 
walked into the Columbia studio yes- 
terday, glad to be back from his Euro- 
pean jaunt. 

The travel from New York to Holly- 
wood was made via plane, train, train 
and plane. 

Zukor Plans Trip West 

New York. — There is a possibility 
that Adolph Zukor will leave for the 
coast in about ten days. 

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Warners are thinking of putting on 
a messenger service to contact Bette 
Davis. . . . Her husband came here to 
spend the holidays with her ten days 
ago and since then Bette hasn't an- 
swered a telephone or set foot outa 
her cottage door. . . . The Rowland 
Brown-Katherine Menjou romance is 
offish. . . Eph Asher would have made 
that trip to Europe with Junior Laem- 
mle — if It hadn't been for the ocean. 

Audrey Henderson has been tele- 
phoning Eddie Sutherland from New 
York regularly — but not getting any 
encouragement to return here, we 
hear. . . . Buddy Schulberg wowed the 
Dartmouth boys with a show that he 
wrote and staged there. . . . Wynne 
Gibson is so blue — and so black — -from 
tobogganing over the week-end. . . . 
Didja know that Fred Astaire gave a 
"command performance" for Eng- 
land's King and Queen last week? . . . 
Maureen O'Sullivan, making record- 
ings over at MCM and will return to 
work in a few days. 

Some of Busby Berkeley's dancing 
girls went dancing with the Columbia 
team the other night — the boys came 
back with lots of telephone numbers 
— but some of the girls didn't come 
back. . . . Eddie Coulding has been 
long-distancing Marjorie Goulding, 
who is very ill in New York. . . Tom 
Douglas, by the way, is appearing in 
Peggy Fears' show. . . . Stu Erwin 
is looking for a farm near Hollywood 
— -he wants to buy it! . . . Billy Haines 
getting himself ready for a trip to 
Europe. . . . Myrna Loy is house- 
hunting again — the apartment didn't 
work. . . . Chick Chandler gave his 
wife a piano for Xmas — and regrets 
it! . . . Mrs. C. hasn't stopped play- 
ing for ten days. 

Do you know what famous star 
made her first husband say he was 
twenty-nine when she married him 
about ten years ago — but he was only 
nineteen at the time??! . . . Ad Schul- 
berg gets back to town tomorrow. . . 
It's Dolly Craves that Austin Parker 
reeely cares for! 


First National prod.; director, Archie Mayo; writers, Peter Milne, Robert Lord 

Strand Theatre 

News: First National makes this film an opportunity to poke a little fun at com- 
mercial conventions and to put to work most of the old familiar faces on 
the company's roster. It is all a lot of fun if you like seeing the same 
old faces in the same old predicaments. 

Herald-Tribune: While the picture seems a little shoddy in its content, a little 
cheap in its diversion and not altogether inspiring in its message, it has 
been presented with sprightliness and will amuse those familiar with the 
traveling salesmen's problems — or their jokes. 

Post: "Convention City" is rowdy, raucous and hilarious. 

World-Telegram: There are plenty of good old-fashioned guffaws in "Conven- 
tion City," which is, further, acted with gusto by its large and competent 

Times: An accurate appraisal of "Convention City" should include the infor- 
mation that the Strand's audiences laughed long and loud. Adolphe Men- 
jou is the best thing in the new film. 

American: Spritely, wise-cracking fun awaits the Strand customers in this fast 
moving comedy. 

Journal: It's rowdy and rough, perhaps not designed for the children home from 
school, but consistently funny. The plot is lightweight, and serves merely 
but very satisfactorily — as a framework on which to hang a collection of 
spicy lines and gags. Each member of the cast contributes excellent work 
and Director Mayo sets and sustains a tempo that makes this one grand 

May Find 'Antony' 
In London Actor 

New York. — Paramount has now 
turned abroad in the search for a Marc 
Antony and has hopes that he may 
have been found in Harry Wilcoxon, 
who played in the London production 
of "Eight Bells" and is now appear- 
ing in the Evelyn Laye picture "Prince 

He has been placed under contract 
and has the possibility of the Antony 
role if he can finish his present pic- 
ture in time. 


and Company 

Small and Lloyd In 
Deal For 'Mutiny' 

Edward Small and Frank Lloyd, Fox 
director, have jointly taken an option 
on "Mutiny on the Bounty," the story 
that ran serially in all the Hearst pa- 
pers recently. 

Small plans to make this one of 
his biggest productions of the year. 
Lloyd, who is under contract to Fox, 
will likely swing over to the Small 
outfit for this one picture. Lloyd 
produced a money-making seagoing 
special, Sabatini's "The Sea Hawk," 
for First National in the silent days. 

Bickford Talks U^ Deal 

Carl Laemmie Jr. and Charles Bick- 
ford were in a long huddle yesterday 
in an effort to work out a deal for 
the player to take the top role in 
"Sutter's Cold," which Universal plans 
for one of its big specials this year. 

O Brien and MCM Huddle 

George O'Brien and his new mana- 
, ger, Mike Levee, will go into a hud- 
dle with MCM on a possible deal 
when the player arrives this week-end 
from New York. 

Universal Not For Sale 

(Continued from Page 1 ) 

consent or talk about it without my 

"Make it an absolute, emphatic 
denial. There's not a word of truth 
in it." 

The current New York rumors are 
believed to be late echoes of negotia- 
tions that were on almost a year ago 
and which reached the point of an 
option to the Katz group, but when 
the time came for exercising the option 
the deal fell through. Since then Uni- 
versal has swung into one of its most 
consistent production seasons, and 
with Jimmy Grainger hitting the ball 
on sales is, m t+ie senior Laemmle's 
concluding words: 

"Too busy and happy to have any 
time to talk deals of any kind." 

Rogers May Angel For 

Jack Lait Stage Play 

Charles R. Rogers, Paramount pro- 
ducer, IS considering putting up half 
the dough for the stage production of 
"That's Radio," by Jack Lait and Ste- 
phen Gross, in. return for picture rights 
and other remuneration if the show 
should click. 



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Page Three 


Jubilant Meeting 
Gets Job Started 

The Screen Writers Guild has been 
delegated the authority to supervise 
the election of film writer representa- 
tives on code affairs, Ralph Block, 
acting Guild president, informed the 
organization meeting last night. 

The Guild regards this as "a notable 
victory" and sees in it the virtual rec- 
ognition by the producers of the or- 
ganization. Since the majority of 
Hollywood's screen writers are Guild 
members, it is a foregone conclusion 
that 'writer representatives will also 

1 be members. The writers are to elect 
ten of their number from whom Dep- 

; uty Administrator Rosenblatt will se- 
lect five to meet with five producer 
representatives on adjudicating writer 
problems. Another writer will be 
elected to the code authority and one 

I more to the agents' committee. 

Jubilant over the turn in events, 
the Guild quickly set about setting 

I up the machinery for the election 

■ which takes place Monday, January 
15, at the Writers Club. 

Six Guilders were appointed to act 
as a nominating committee. Dudley 
Nichols, Horace Jackson and Harlan 
Thompson are executive board ap- 
pointments. A vote from the floor 
of the meeting added the names of 
James Cleason, Winifred Dunn and 
John Goodrich. Nichols is chairman. 
Committee will select a slate to be 
presented to a meeting of all writers, 
including non-Guild members. The 
vote, at Monday's meeting, will select 
twelve names. Of these, ten will be 
submitted to the deputy administrator, 
who will select five for the 5-5 
(writers-producers) committee. Of 
the remaining two, one joins the code 
authority, the other goes to the 
agents' committee on code matters. 

Block also read telegrams from John 
Howard Lawson, who is in New York; 
the Dramatists Guild and the Authors 
League of America, all of whom are 
giving the writers their support. 

Through the newly-invested author- 
ity, the Guild foresees eventual suc- 
cess in securing their two most im- 
portant aims, collective bargaining and 
a basic standard contract for scenar- 

Meeting also elected Courtenay 
Terrett, Wells Root and Gladys Leh- 
man to replace John Meehan, James 
Creelman and Joseph Mankiewicz on 
the executive board. Latter trio, it 
was disclosed, "withdrew" owing to 
their failure to take an active part in 
the organization's business. The re- 
placements were warned, before ac- 
cepting their nominations, that they 
would have to attend all meetings. 

Bill Howard Goes East 

William K. Howard is scheduled to 
leave town tomorrow for New York, 
combining a rest with a round of the 
current plays. 

Flu Lays Bren Low 

Milton Bren gave in to the flu yes- 
terday and vacated his office, leaving 
both partners of the Bren-Orsatti 
agency absent. Frank Orsatti is east. 

Credit to Mack 

In all the praise heaped on 
"Nana" Willard Mack deserves 
mention for the dialogue direction, 
inadvertently omitted from Report- 
er's list of credits. 

Agree to Disagree 

Warners and Ruth Donnelly agreed 
to disagree yesterday and the player 
finished her long term deal with the 

Studio asked her to continue on her 
old deal instead of going to $1,250 
per week called for on her option. 
Refusing, she becomes a free-lancer. 
Columbia is querying her for a role in 
"Twentieth Century." 

Novarro and MacDonald 
Sing for French Version 

MGM will also make a French ver- 
sion of the special musical number to 
be made of "Cat and the Fiddle," as 
both Ramon Novarro and Jeanette 
MacDonald speak French. The re- 
mainder of the picture for French dis- 
tribution will be dubbed in that lan- 

Deny lATSE Injunction 

Judge Leon P. Yankwich yesterday 
denied the application of Studio Tech- 
nicians No. 37, lATSE, to enjoin mem- 
bers of Local 40 of the IBEW from 
working in studios for which the 
lATSE claims jurisdiction. 

Maude Fulton Recovering 

Maude Fulton has successfully 
weathered two operations at the Ced- 
ars of Lebanon Hospital and is set to 
spend a two month vacation at Glen 
Ranch. Writer-actress is shelving 
pictures until fit. 

Burglars Hit Barty 

While Jack Barty and his wife were 
playing golf Wednesday the Roach 
contract player's home was burglarized 
of over $4,000 worth of clothes and 
jewelry. Mrs. Barty lost a $2,000 
mink coat and the balance in jewelry. 

ondell At Studio, 
Assigned Davis Role 

Warners yesterday made a last min- 
ute change in the femme lead in "Hit 
Me Again," starting Monday, when 
they substituted Joan Blondell for 
Bette Davis. 

This picture marks the star's first 
appearance since her operation last 
month, She returns today with her 
husband, George Barnes, from a Death 
Valley vacation. 

Other members of the cast are Ri- 
cardo Cortez, Edward Everett Horton, 
Claire Dodd, Frank McHugh and Joan 
Wheeler, studio's latest acquisition. 

Bob Florey will direct and Bob Pres- 
nell supervise the production. 

TIatheads' Radio's Next 
For Wheeler and Woolsey 

Wheeler and Woolsey's next picture 
for Radio will be "Flatheads," from an 
original story by Edward Kaufman and 
Mark Sandrich, with the latter set to 
direct. Thelma Todd and Dorothy 
Lee have the feminine leads. Lou 
Brock is producing. 

Curtiz To Meg on WB 
Leslie Howard Picture 

Michael Curtiz has been assigned 
to direct Leslie Howard in his first 
Warner picture. It will be "British 
Agent." Howard arrived on the War- 
ner lot yesterday and immediately 
went into a huddle with Hal Wallis 
and Curtiz on the picture. 

Dunlap Returns to Job 

Scotty Dunlap found his legs again 
yesterday, returning to his office at 
Frank and Dunlap, after a two month 
absence during which he went through 
an operation for goitre. 

Coward Sails for Eng. 

New York. — Noel Coward is on 
his way back to England on the Ma- 
jestic. Ben Blumenthal is on the 
same boat. 

McCuinness on 'Tish' 

James K. McCuinness is at work on 
the screen play and dialogue of the 
"Tish" stories at MGM. 


First-hand knowledge of the state 
of affairs among the studio readers, 
since the inception of the code, cre- 
ated a furore at last night's meeting 
of the Screen Writers' Guild when 
they were laid wide open by Don Gor- 
don, a former reader for Universal. 

In a candid, unemotional manner 
that stressed the severity of what he 
called "sweatshop conditions," Gordon 
brought the writers bolt upright when 
he pointed out that studios have tak- 
en advantage of the code to slash the 
reader's salary to the minimum scale. 

Readers in one studio, he said, were 

getting fifty cents an hour, or $20 a 
week. Other studios were maintain- 
ing an outside staff of readers on a 
piece-work basis, paying $15 for re- 
ports on nine plays. These readers 
were laid off at will, hence cutting 
their pay still more. This practice is 
increasing, he stated, to the detriment 
of all readers and writers on whose 
work reading reports were made. 

On the motion of Lester Cohen, 
the Guild determined to take up the 
readers' plight the very first thing 
when arbitration by the 5-5 commit- 
tee of writers and producers is estab- 
lished in the next few weeks. 

Flood Town With 
Cut Rate Tickets 

Evidently figuring that word of 
mouth advertising will put "Sailor 
Beware" way up in the money class 
and determined to get it there as 
quickly as possible, Belasco and Cur- 
ran are understood to have flooded 
the town with 40,000 cut rate tickets 
for this attraction, making it possible 
for a person to see the show for 40 
cents any night. 

Dorothy Dell Gets Para. 
Lead With McLaglen 

Paramount gave Dorothy Dell the call 
over other applicants for the femme 
lead opposite Victor McLaglen in "The 
Man Who Broke His Heart," which 
started shooting yesterday. 

Studio had planned on Mae Clarke, 
but MGM needed the plaver and re- 
fused to make the loan. 

George Somnes and William C. 
Menzies will co-direct the picture. 

McCuire on 'Little Man' 

His four picture deal winding up, 
William Anthony McGuire has accept- 
ed a one-picture assignment with Uni- 
versal to do more script work on the 
Jo Swerling screen play of "Little 
Man, What Now." 

It IS the Frank Borzage production 
in which Margaret Sullavan and Doug- 
lass Montgomery will have the leads, 
an erroneous report here yesterday 
placing them in "If I Was Rich." 

Wingate Extends Rest 

Doctor Wingate, director of studio 
relations at the Hays office, now on 
vacation in the east, has been granted 
a further two weeks leave of absence. 

)oe Breen, who has been pinch hit- 
ting for Wingate, will continue to oc- 
cupy the latter's desk until he re- 

Try to Settle Union Row 

New York. — Representatives of the 
indie theatre association and the 
unions of stage hands and operators 
are holding a series of conferences in 
hopes of ironing out their differences 
without necessity for the court hear- 
ing January 24. 

Mae Busch at Roach 

Hal Roach yesterday signed Mae 
Busch for the feminine lead in the 
Laurel and Hardy comedy, "Oliver the 
Eighth," which goes back to work 
Monday, ending the studio's two 
weeks' rest period. Lloyd French di- 

Arno Up for Cantor Script 

Sam Goldwyn is after Peter Arno 
to work on the script and also the sets 
for the next Eddie Cantor picture. 
The story is being written by Nat Per- 
rin and Arthur Sheekman and is as 
yet untitled. 

Sten To Palm Springs 

After waiting for the preview of 
her picture, "Nana," Anna Sten leaves 
Saturday for Palm Springs for vaca- 
tion before starting her next, "Resur- 
rection," under the banner of Sam 

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January 5, 1934 


To Tour Key Cities 
Starting February 1 

New York. — The plans for a mon- 
ster duplication of the great "Forty- 
second Street" train stunt by Twen- 
tieth Century Pictures have shaped up 
to the point of definite names, dates 
and routing. Over twenty picture 
stars will leave the coast January 24 
on a special train, arrive here for the 
opening of "Moulin Rouge" and then 
join the big caravan of automobiles 
organized by the Standard (Socony) 
Oil Company for a personal appearance 
tour in the principal key cities. 

Though the tie-up is with Twen- 
tieth Century, a number of players not 
with that company are going along as 
guests of the twin sponsors. Leaving 
New York February 1 they will make 
fifteen key cities, then jump from 
Kansas City to San Francisco by train, 
rejoining the caravan for a coast tour. 

The list of players will not be defi- 
nitely completed until near departure 
because of commitments in pictures 
in the making. Those who have al- 
ready accepted include: 

James, Lucile and Russell Cleason, 
Hoot Gibson, Leo Carrillo, Anna Q. 
Nillson, Sally O'Neill, Molly O'Day, 
Sally Blane, Arline Judge, Bill Boyd 
and Dorothy Sebastian. 

Bill Scully, who maneuvered the 
"42nd St." tie-up and who has been 
with the Zanuck organization since 
its start, is in charge. 

Schreiber Brings Clients 
To Wm. Morris Office 

Under Lou Schreiber's deal in join- 
ing the William Morris office the cli- 
ents he handled independently follow 
him to the big organization. Schreiber 
retains a fifty per cent interest in h'S 
personal list, as well as his arrange- 
ment on other business secured for 

U. A. Manager Engaged 

New York. — Sam Horowitz, United 
Artists branch manager in Kansas 
City, who is in New York on a vaca- 
tion, announces his engagement to Sa- 
die Feuerstein, secretary to Al Licht- 

Max Arnow Due Mon. 

Max Arnow, Warner caster, will 
return to Hollywood Monday after 
spending three weeks in New York 
looking over the talent on Broadway. 

Carewe's Daughter Weds 

Mary Jane Carewe, seventeen year 
old daughter of Edwm Carewe, was 
married to Douglas Scott, entertainer, 
in Santa Ana on December 26. 

Solow-Lee Assigned 

Warners have assigned Gene Solow 
and Robert Lee to adapt their original, 
"The Return of The Terror," to the 
screen for Spring production. 

'Bombay MaiT on B'way 

New York. — Universal's "Bombay 
Mail" gets its Broadway premiere at 
the Palace, opening Friday. 

Dollars and Cents 

When Warners issued an order 
to their writing staff that no out- 
side calls were to be made, one of 
the higher paid writers figured out 
that in saving the nickel it cost 
Warners from $25 to $40 a call. 
By the time the writer finishes 
talking to everyone he meets on 
his way to the pay station and then 
stops off for a bite to eat, maybe 
it would be better to put a pay 
phone in every office. 

20th Interested In 
'Benedict Arnold' 

New York. — Twentieth Century's 
home office here is reported making 
overtures to Edward Dean Sullivan for 
the purchase of his book, "Benedict 
Arnold, Military Racketeer," which 
the Vanguard Press is just putting out. 

Twentieth is also offering him a 
ticket to Hollywood to do the screen 
play and is seeking to bring all ends 
together in order to make it a George 
Arliss vehicle. Sullivan is working on 
the Boston American. 

Boyle's 'Sweden* Feature 
Winning Success in East 

John W. Boyle is meeting with suc- 
cess in roadshowing "Sweden — Land 
of the Vikings," a feature-length color 
travelogue he photographed in Scandi- 

The film opened at the Tremont 
Temple, Boston, early in December, 
and had a successful run. It opens 
at the Fifty-fifth Street Playhouse, 
New York, for a run immediately. 

Educ. Goes For 3 Reels 
On 'Poppin' the Cork' 

Educational has decided to release 
"Poppin' the Cork" as a three-reel 
featurette. Decision was made after 
attempts to cut the picture down 
brought objections from the staff 
working on it. 

Picture was produced at the Long 
Island studio and has Milton Berle in 
the leading role. Jack White made it. 

Breslau on MOM Staff 

Lew Breslau became a member of 
I the MCM writing staff yesterday and 
has been teamed with Michael L. 
Simmons to write the scieen play of 
"Cabby." Wallace Beery and Jackie 
Cooper are slated for the leading roles. 
Harry Rapf produces. 

Prepare Marx Bros. Play 

New York. — The plans for a return 
to the stage by the Marx Brothers 
have reached the point of definitely 
assigning Robert Sherwood and Moss 
Hart to write the vehicle. Sam Harris 
will produce. 

U' Moves Offices Feb. 15 

New York. — Universal will move 
into the RKO Building about February 
15, taking over three floors for its 
three hundred employees. 

Monogram Budgets 
Boosted One-Third 

Investigation discloses that Mono- 
gram's budgets have been appreciably 
boosted on the second half of the 
company's year's program now going 
into work. 

While state righters always an- 
nounce seasonally that "budgets are 
to be tilted" Hollywood consistently 
pays little attention to the publicity 
knowing by sad experience that the 
budgets never move. But the figures 
show Monogram running consistently 
about a third over the schedules on 
the first productions of the year. 

Ratoff Getting Orchids 
On Let's Fall in Love' 

New York. — Columbia is getting 
hot on "Let's Fall in Love" and will 
trade show it to Irving Berlin and 
other music publishers. 

Peculiar angle is that the boys at 
the home office are now calling it 
"Gregory Ratoff's picture," which may 
be an advance tip on who steals the 
works. Edmund Lowe, Ann Sothern 
and Miriam Jordan top the cast. 

Fay Wray For 'Cristo' 

Fay Wray was signed yesterday by 
Stanley Bergerman for the feminine 
lead in his next picture, "The Coun- 
tess of Monte Cnsto," for Universal. 
Roger Pryor and Patsy Kelly were also 
assigned feature roles. Paul Lukas has 
the male lead. Karl Freund will direct. 

Caesar Tagged by 'U' 

Arthur Caesar was signed yesterday! 
by Universal to write the screen play 
of "Elizabeth and Mary," which Low- 
ell Sherman will direct and in which 
he will play a featured role. Mar- 
garet Sullavan will have the top spot. 

Ince Widow Divorced 

Request of the court for permission 
to return to her name of Mrs. Elinor 
Kershaw Ince disclosed the fact that 
the widow of Tom Ince and Holmes 
Herbert, actor, were divorced in Mex- 
ico on December 22. 

Howard Beats Schedule 

William K. Howard today brings in 
MGM's "It Happened One Day" six 
days under the original shooting 
schedule set for it. The twenty-six 
day shooting slate included three days' 

Neil Pratt Rites Today 

Funeral rites for Neil Pratt, deceas- 
ed actor, will be held today at the 
Leroy Bagley Mortuary, with crema- 
tion following at Los Angeles crema- 

Wanger Party Arrives 

Walter Wanger, Allen Rivkin and 
P. |. Wolfson arrived in Hollywood 
from the east on the Chief yesterday. 

Greenblatt Opens Exch. 

New York. — Arthur Greenblatt has 
opened an exchange in the Film Cen- 
ter Building. 

Grainger Happy 
Over 'U' Situation 

James R. Grainger, sales manager of 
Universal, pulled out of town on The 
Chief last night going direct to New 
York this time without exchange stop- 

The "U" sales chief is happy over 
the unusual position of Universal this 
year which finds nineteen pictures of 
the year's program already in ex- 
changes. This carries releases to 
March 12; ten subjects ready to go 
into production immediately will carry 
to June, leaving only the seven pic- 
tures for June, July and August to 
prepare. Universal is thus assured of 
delivering the thirty-six productions 
sold on this year's list. 

Grainger returns for another visit 
to the studio in May. 

'Sequoia' Once More in 
Works at MGM Plant 

After a lapse of nearly a month, 
owing to impossible location weather, 
"Sequoia," MGM's unique picture, is 
slated to go back into production next 
Wednesday on a three weeks' sched- 
ule to complete it. 

Owing to the uncertainty of obtain- 
ing necessary scenes with deer, MGM 
has had Ann Cunningham and Sam 
Armstrong rewrite a portion of the 
script to match in the location shots 
already made with the story at hand. 
Chester Franklin resumes the direc- 
tion under John Considine's supervi- 
sion. Jean Parker rates top billing in 
the story of Malibu, the deer. 

Spewacks on 'Soviet' Yarn 

Sam and Bella Spewack returned 
yesterday to the MGM writing staff, 
resuming their long term deal which 
allows them periodical leaves of ab- 
sence for other literary work. Team 
starts for Irving Thalberg on "Soviet": 
and will be joined later on the screen 
play by Richard Schayer. 

Scientists Team for Educ. 

New York. — H. L. Woodard, sci- 
entist, will join his brother Stacy 
Woodard in the productions of the: 
Educational "Battle for Life" series. 
The brothers will alternate. While 
one is in the wilds exploring for new: 
material the other v^/ill produce the 
current releases. 

Keighley Given 'The Key' 

William Keighley has been assigned' 
to direct "The Key" as his next job 
for Warners. Kay Francis was an- ■ 
nounced for this picture, but there is 
talk around the studio that Diana 
Wynyard is wanted on a loanout deal 
from MCM for the top spot. 

Gov't To Sue Fairbanks 

United States Attorney Peirson M. 
Hall announced yesterday that he 
planned immediate suit against Doug- 
las Fairbanks Sr. for the return of 
$72,186 paid by the Government as a 
refund on income taxes and which he' 
now declares was paid in error. 

Col. Youngster on Air 

George Breakston, 1 1 -year-old Co- 
lumbia player, has been signed to a 
radio ticket with the H-Bar-0 Rangers, 

Here s what YOU are up against 

Mof-ion Picture Producers* Association 
Bulletin No. 1 Regarding Extras 

(Verbatim Copy) 

Article IV, Section 3 (Provisions Regarding ExtrasI definitely states 
that there shall be a Committee appointed by the Code Authority to 
interpret the terms and provisions made for extras and to supervise same. 
Until such time as that Committee is appointed, the following conditions 
shall remain in force regarding extras: 

"3" of Sub-division "A," of Section "3" reads as follows: 

" 'Extra Players,' $7.50 per day, with this minimum graded 
upward according to the character and importance of the per- 
formance and the personal wardrobe required, the minimum for 
Class A 'dress' people to be $15.00 per day; provided that, if 
any extra player' employed as such is required to play a part or 
bit with essential story dialogue, such 'extra player' shall not be 
deemed to be an 'extra player' and shall become a 'bit player.' 
and his compensation shall be fixed by agreement between such 
player and the producer before the part or bit is undertaken, but 
the minimum compensation to such 'bit player' shall not be less 
than twenty-five dollars ($25.00). 

( 1 ) This does not mean that any "bit player" engaged as such shall 

receive a minimum of $25.00, but it does mean that if an 'extra is en- 
gaged AS AN EXTRA, and after having started to work as an extra is 
then taken from the extra ranks to play a bit where essential dialogue is 
required, that an arrangement must be made with the said "extra player" 
and the person in charge of production as to what the remuneration shall 
be for playing that part or bit, and in no case can it be less than a 
minimum of $25.00 for the BIT or PART to be played. 

As to bit players, if they are engaged to play a bit. that is a matter 
between the employer and the employee, and as for what the remunera- 
tion is for doing the work required, that also is a matter of negotiation, 
as there is nothing in the Code establishing either a maximum or a mini- 
mum for such work. 

i (2 ' As to what constitutes "essential story dialogue." that is a matter 

which should be left for the present at least up to the man in charge 
, of the production. 

As to who constitutes "Class A Dress People." that should be left 
to the decision of the Central Casting Bureau. 

\i' As to sub-division "C," it is practically impossible to make a rul- 

ing or decision as to what number constitutes a crowd, and therefore each 
studio will have to decide for themselves, being sure they can justify their 
decision to the Committee at a later date. 

As to sub-division "D." regarding transportation to and from loca- 
tion, which shall be paid to extra players, each studio shall continue to 
handle this situation as they have in the past, without any deviation. 

' ^ ' As to the balance of clause "D." referring to the interviews and 

fittings, etc.. it should be carried out as per the Code provisions. 

As to paragraph "4," Section "3," sub-division "A," which states: 

"In Casting Bureaus casting and employment interviews of 
women and children shall be by women casting officials, and 
men by men." 

this means that instead of the casting being done by a woman, that a 
woman shall be present at all interviews between the employer and a 
woman applicant. 

As to the other sub-sections under paragraph "4." the provisions of 
the Code shall be lived up to. 

There is no question but that there will be many complaints because 
we fully realize that we cannot satisfy everybody, and while it is our 
belief that certain people engaged as extras have been abused in cer- 
tain places, and have been afraid to complain because of losing their 
jobs, that condition is now changed because they now have a tribunal 
where they can make complaint, and obtain redress without fear. 

Although a few dollars might be saved in a particular instance a 
continued practice of that will cost thousands in the long run. Therefore, 
everyone should do everything he possibly can where extras are concerned 
to have his house well in order before the Committee takes action. 



( 1 ) The Code plainly states extras shall receive $7.50 to $1 5.00 
per day and bit players at least $25.00 per day — that's fair 

But it forgot to say POSITIVELY! 

The Bulletin tells Producers how to evade the Code and pay 

(2) Q: When is "essential dialogue" NOT "essential dialogue," 
Mr. Bones? 

A: When you can chisel an actor out of pay for speaking it. 

(3) "Three's a crowd" used to be a gag; but now it will be the 

The Code says pay atmosphere people $5.00. The Bulletin 
says call them a crowd and pay them less. 

(4) Well, well, well. They're REALLY going to live up to some- 
thing in the Code 

if it doein't cost anything! 

Here's what the GUILD has done about it 


JANUARY 4, 1934 






Page Six 


January 5, 1934 


Connery Chappell, the film critic 
of the Sunday Dispatch, after a jaunt 
through the provinces comes back 
with the astounding news that Robert 
Montgomery is the biggest male star 
in pictures for those audiences and 
that Norma Shearer is the greatest 
female attraction, even greater than 
our own Cracie Fields. . . . Chappell 
writes also that the most popular pic- 
ture recently was "42nd Street." . . . 
He also spins the yarn of standing in 
front of a house displaying posters of 
"Gabriel Over The White House" and 
having a prospective ticket purchaser 
ask, "I say. old man, who is this fel- 
low Gabriel?" 

The Twickenham studios are to be 
enlarged to three times their present 
capacity. Construction will be com- 
pleted in April. . . . This is the spot 
where Julius Hagen makes the quota 
pictures for Radio and Universal and 
an occasional release for one of the 
big British companies. . . . Sidney Car- 
roll, in the Daily Telegraph, does a 
tremendous rave for Elizabeth Berg- 
ner, the German lass who has the 
feminine lead in "Catherine the 
Great." Carroll says, "I bow to her as 
a reed bends to the storm; I sink in 
her presence as a stone drops in the 

Sean O'Casey's play, "Within The 
Gates," is to be done here shortly. 



Hotel in Hollywood 

$2. so up. Single 
$3.00 up. Double 

Special weekly and monthly rates 

The Plaza is near every- 
thing to see and do in 
Hollywood. Ideal for bus- 
iness or pleasure. 

Every room has private 
dressing room, bath and 
shower. Beds "built for 
rest." Every modern con- 
venience. Fine foods at 
reasonable prices. Conven- 
ient parking for your car. 

Chas. Danziger, Mgr. 
Eugene Stern, Pres. 

The "Doorway of Hospitality' 

Vine at Hollywood Blvd. 


Norman Macdermott will produce it. 
. . . Seymore Hicks will soon open in 
the Rita John's play, "Yours Sincere- 
ly." . . . The Ian Hay-A. E. Mason 
play, "A Present From Margate," 
opened with little enthusiasm at the 
Shaftsbury. . . . London is still wait- 
ing for that Ramon Novarro play 
script. "It's Another Story." ... He 
promised not only to write and pro- 
duce it here, but to star in it as well. 
. . . Most of the Russian pictures, at 
least the best of them, are not being 
made in Moscow, but in Georgia, the 
land of the Mdivanis. 

The next Robert Flaherty picture 
will be made in Australia. He will 
leave for that country soon, expecting 
to be gone about a year. . . . London 
critics took a nice slap at the Para- 
mount production of "Alice In Won- 
derland." Ernest Betts in the Standard 
says, in part, "It turns out to be a 
mixture of 'Alice' and 'Through the 
Looking Glass.' with what one might 
describe as a slight kick in the pants." 
. . . The Evening News said, "Well, 
it's over! I have just been through the 
ordeal of seeing 'Alice in Wonder- 
land' and both Lewis Carroll and I 
have survived pretty well. It's a hor- 
rible shock to find that Alice (Char- 
lotte Henryl talks with a Philadel- 
phia accent and Rosco Ates. as Fish 
Footman, stuttering through his part." 

French Government 
Will Finance Films 

Paris. — On the authority of the 
Minister of Education and Fine Arts 
it is stated that the French Govern- 
ment will this year establish a finan- 
cial institution the purpose of which 
will be to aid domestic producers, with 
the particular aim to encourage big 
productions that can compete with 
such English pictures as "Henry the 
Eighth" and the American specials. 

'Kong' on High in 'Britain 

London. — "King Kong" booking 
figures are expected to reach £150,- 
000 in the British Isles, according to 
latest estimates. The picture is run- 
ning about 20 per cent above Radio's 
best expectations in its general re- 
lease showings. 

Will Film Rembrandt Life 

Brussels. — Rembrandt is to come 
to the screen. Jacques Feyder, Bel- 
gian born French director, has written 
a screen play around the famous ar- 
tist and plans early production. 

No Swedish Monopoly 

Stockholm. — Government spokes- 
men have vigorously denied reports 
current in German film circles that a 
Government monopoly was planned 
for motion pictures. 

Film Anatole France Novel 

Paris. — "Cramquebille," Anatole 
France's famous novel, is being filmed 
by Jacques de Baroncelli. Jacques 
Feyder once made it in a silent version. 

Mexico Will Make 
25 Pictures in 1934 

Mexico. — Walter Gould, general 
manager for United Artists in Mexico, 
states that at least ten producing 
companies will be active in the coun- 
try next year and will make about 25 
picures for Spanish-American distri- 
bution. There are about 400 wired 
houses out of a total of 600 thea- 
tres. Superimposed Spanish titles on 
American-made films are gaining in 
popularity, but films made in Mexico 
are favored. 

Ufa Closes Big Deal 
For Sound Outfits 

Berlin. — Ufa and Tobis-Klangfilm 
have just concluded a million mark 
deal calling for the building of seven- 
teen new sound recording outfits, 
bringing in the results of Ufa's latest 
experiences. With nineteen outfits 
already, the completion of this new 
order will set Ufa in a top position 
among European producers. 

Prize for Swedish Story 

Stockholm. — The Svensfilmindustry 
will pay ten thousand crowns in 
prizes for the three best screen plays 
submitted before March 1, 1934, with 
an additional five thousand crowns if 
a picture is made from the story. If 
you can write Swedish the ofifer is 
open to you. 

Belg. Opposes Foreigners 

Brussels. — The Belgian Chamber 
of Commerce is sponsoring a move to 
insist on dubbing of imported pictures 
here to aid Belgian artists, and also 
to create jobs for Belgians by elimi- 
nating the large number of French- 
men in the film organizations. 

Judy Kelly on Termer 

London. — Judy Kelly has been 
placed under contract to Julius Hagen 
of the Twickenham Studios. Reported 
that the player could have got a deal 
with Alexander Korda but felt she 
would get a better individual chance 
at the Twickenham plant. 

Joyce Boosting Oberon 

London. — Frank Joyce, American 
agent, is quoted in papers here as de- 
claring that Merle Oberon is the most 
promising player here. Miss Oberon 
will be seen opposite Douglas Fair- 
banks in "Exit Don Juan" and played 
Anne Boleyn in "Henry the Eighth." 

Wales Investigates Films 

Sydney. — The government of New 
South Wales has appointed F. W. 
Marks to investigate the film industry 
because of exhibitor complaints that 
certain distributors are boosting rent- 
als to a point that will drive them 
out of business. 

Reduce French Duty 

Paris. — Duties on American nega- 
tives have been lowered seventeen per 
cent by the Government due to the 
fall of the dollar. 

Dec. Low in Hungary Pics 

Budapest. — A single two reeler was 
the total of production activity in 
Hungarian studios for the month of 
December, a new low. 

Gossip Around Paris 

J. Carlo Bavetta, Fox chief in Eur- 
ope, is in New York conferring with 
home office officials on the coming 
year's productions. . . Max Reinhardt 
has announced here that he will soon 
journey to the United States. . . "In- 
ternational House" got a warm recep- 
tion in local press reviews. . . . Louis 
Marx, "U's" sales head, is busy on a 
deal to sell the "U" product outright 
for Belgium. . . . Harold L. Smith, 
Hays office man here, is doing a great 
job in the Legion drive for funds to 
help needy Americans. . . . United 
Artists chief, Koerpel, in Russia on 
important matters. . . . Monogram's 
"Ohiver Twist" is due to be presented 
here in a French dubbed version. . . . 
Max Friedland conferring from morn 
to night with directors, etc., and just 
waiting the word from Uncle Carl to 
get started on Universal's French pro- 
duction. . . . Will probably have to 
wait now for Junior Laemmle's arrival. 
. . . Lily Damita putting on her prop 
smile for everyone approaching her at 
the Joinville studio. . . . "Dinner At 
Eight" getting great houses. . . . The 
King of Belgium saw Caumont's "I ; 
Was A Spy" and "Red Dress." . . The 
entire royal family are film fans. . . . 
We saw the Prince standing in line 
like everybody else waiting to see"AII 
Quiet on the Western Front" when 
shown in. Brussels. . . . Paul Morand's 
novel revealing the "inside" of the 
French film industry is impatiently 
awaited. . . . M. Marc of Equitable 
Films practically lives on trains up and 
down the Continent. . . Robert Schless, 
Warner chief, receiving congratula- 
tions for added duties embracing the 
entire Continent. i 

Theatre Fight Starts in 

Australia Key Cities 

Melbourne. — There is a film war 
breaking out here, with several of the 
companies announcing plans to build 
large theatres here and in other state 
capitals. MCM plans a million dol- '. 
lar house. General Theatres Corpora- 
tion another, and a theatre is to be 
erected to house Australian produc- 
tions exclusively. 

Hakim Tells New Plans 

London. — Erik Hakim is planning a 
cooperative grouping of theatre, dis- 
tribution and production interests. He 
recently resigned his connections with 
the Cinema House circuit. 

Lehman Back in France 

Paris.- — Lucien Lehman, after ten I 
years in America as a lecturer on 
French literature, writer and film re- 
viewer, is getting a big hand in France 
on his return home. 

New MCM Chief in Rome 

Rome. — J. Bedini has become man- 
ager of MGM distribution in Italy, j 
succeeding Fritz Curioni. His head- j 
quarters are in Rome. 

New Tag for MacWilliams | 

London. — Glen MacWilliams, Ameri- 
can cameraman, has been given a new 
one-year ticket by British Gaumont. : 

Vienna Reduces Taxes 

Vienna. — Picture theatres have got 
a break here, the government reducing 
taxes about four-fifths. 

January 5, 1934 




Page Seven 


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98 pages and cover 


Publicity Space (Approximate) 

Fox 848 sq. inches 

MCM 618 sq. inches 

Paramount 588 sq. inches 

Warners 548 sq. inches 

Radio 366 sq. inches 

Universal 1 56 sq. inches 

Columbia 104 sq. inches 

United Artists 80 sq. inches 

There's an awful lot to read in the 
February Screeland, but not much will 
stick with you, except "Medals and 
Birds," by S. R. Mook, and, perhaps, 
"If She Hadn't Been Born in Brook- 
lyn" (Clara Bow) , by Lillian Mon- 

"Medals and Birds" is Mook's annual 
rave and squawk, and it's mighty swell 

Betty Shannon tells all about 
"Katharine Hepburn's College Days"; 
James M. Fidler asks "Will Hollywood 
Accept Nudism?" "Arliss Tells What 
Happy Marriage Has Taught Him" to 
Ada Patterson; Ruth Tildesley quotes 
A. A. Freudman in "Use the Movies 
in Home-Making"; and Leonard Hall 
has "East Coast, West Coast — Where 
Are the Movies Bound?" 

Interviews are "Jean Harlow Con- 
fides Her Secret Ambition" (to have 
a baby), by James M. Fidler; "He 
Knows What He Wants" (Gene Ray- 
mond), by Kay Richards; "The Two 
Women in His Life" (Cary Grant), by 
Mortimer Franklin; "Original" (Mar- 
garet Sullavan), by Radie Harris (well 
written); "They'll Bet on Love" 
(George O'Brien and Marguerite 
Churchill), by Dickson Morley; "What 
Has Hollywood Done to Paul Muni?" 
by Ben Maddox; "Fields for Fun," by 
Amory Westcott, and "Home's Where 
His Art Is" (Walter Connolly), by 
Jed Barker. 


82 pages and cover 

COVER DISPLAY Miriam Hopkins 

( Paramount) 

Publicity Space (Approximate) 

Paramount 732 sq. inches 

MCM 512sq. inches 

Fox 270 sq. inches 

Warners 180 sq. inches 

Charles Chaplin 1 80 sq. inches 

Universal 134sq. inches 

Radio 121 sq. inches 

United Artists . 42 sq. inches 

Screen Book for February has a 
slight edge over Screenland. Art is 
better, and the writers took a little 
more time over their stories. 

Helen Louise Walker has two good 
yarns, "Alice White Starts Another 
Fight" and "I'll Never Be Afraid 
Again" (Claudette Colbert). 

Dena Reed also has two stories, 
"Mae West Loses Her Man" and 

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B. F. Wilson is another two-story 
contributor, with "So He Decided to 
Marry" (Gary Cooper) and "From 
Duck Soup to 'Opbwkn" (Harpo 
Marx). , 

J. Brien Chapman has "How the 
Stars Are Fighting Scandal"; Eric L. 
Ergenbright writes "Chaplin — ■ the 
Mystery Man of Hollywood"; Radie 
Harris has "The Story Sylvia Sidney 
Never Told" (about her father) ; Dick 
Mook tells of "Secret Marriage Dis- 
covered" (Lyie Talbot) ; and Whitney 
Williams outlines the arsenal tenden- 
cies of Velez in "Jewel Thieves Be- 
ware of Lupe Velez." 

Dr. Louis E. Bisch's article, "Mov- 
ies Will Get You If You Don't Watch 
Out!" is the usual psychological data; 
Al Sherman quotes Ernst Lubitsch in 
"Ambition Is to Blame for Divorce in 
Hollywood"; Lew Garvey has a story 
on Janet Snowden, "Hollywood Robs 
Fifth Avenue"; and other interviews 
are "Max Baer Is Afraid of Holly- 
wood," by Eleanor Packer, and "One 
Girl They Couldn't Change" (Marga- 
ret Sullavan), by Northam Bryan. 

Must Sign or Lose 

(Continued from Page 1 ) 

bodies, or a voice in nominating can- 
didates for the boards. They must be 
signed by January 3 1 . 

The action passes the buck plainly 
to Allied, which has advised its mem- 
bers not to sign assents. 

The Committee of Assents, Nathan 
Yamins, Ed. Kuykendall and J. Robert 
Rubin, will make the appointments 
subject to the approval of the entire 
Code Authority. 

Only Eddie Cantor, Dressier and 
Aylesworth were absent from today's 
meeting, the first two because no 
matters concerning production were 
to come up. The meeting also named 
Jack Cohn permanent alternate for R. 
H. Cochrane. 

The Authority will move into per- 
manent quarters in the Radio City 
buildings on January 10, when the 
next meeting will be held. John Flinn 
did a good job yesterday in his first 
as executive secretary of the body. 




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Added Charley Chase 


Rosco Ates To Drop 

The Stuttering Act 

Rosco Ates, who swung into fea- 
ture prominence as a player owing in 
part to his expert stuttering, is deter- 
mined to lose his pseudo-defect, fig- 
uring its novelty IS pretty well shot. 

Warners have booked him into a 
stutter-less role in "Merry Wives of 
Reno," which Lucky Humberstone is 
directing, and Edwin Carewe has en- 
gaged him for "Are We Civilized?" 
The Beyer-MacArthur office is lining 
up his non-stuttering assignments. 

Para. Tests Col. Players 

Paramount tested two Columbia 
players, Billie Seward and Harriette 
Lake, now known as Ann Sothern, for 
the lead in "Melody in^gring" with 
Lannie Ross, Mary BolanlRnd Charlie 
Ruggles. One of the two girls is 
slated for the part. Norman McLeod 
will direct. Douglas MacLean is su- 

Gladys Unger at U' 

Universal yesterday signed Gladys 
Unger to do additional dialogue on 
"Countess of Monte Cristo," which 
Karl Freund puts into production next 
Wednesday. Picture has been script- 
ed by Karen de Wolfe. Unger re- 
cently wrote "Coming Out Party" for 
Jesse L. Lasky and Fox. 

Levine Signs Schaefer 

Armand Schaefer has been signed 
by Nat Levine to direct Mascot's next 
serial, "The Lost Continent," with 
Clyde Beatty and the Hollenbeck and 
Wallace animals. Picture is scheduled 
to get under way by the middle of 
next month. 

Kull and Minter To Meg 

Ken Goldsmith has set Harold R. 
Minter, production manager, and Ed- 
ward Kull, cameraman, as co-directors 
on the outdoor series with Jackie 
Searle. First is scheduled to start 
March 10. 

MCM Buys College Yarn 

New York. — MGM is getting its 
college yarn lined up for next season, 
having purchased "One Part Cheese 
Cloth," a story of the campus by Ber- 
nard DeVoto, Saturday Evening Post 

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Krasna's Last Laff 

Norman Krasna has the last 
laugh after his simultaneous con- 
clusion of an MGM contract and a 
Columbia loan-out. He goes to 
Stanley Bergerman's "U" unit on a 
four weeks' deal at $1000 per — 
a jump from a $350 figure. 

MCM Recalls Jean Dixon 

MGM IS brmging Jean Dixon, New 
1 York stage player, back to Hollywood 
\ for a featured role in the Joan Craw- 
1 ford picture, "Sadie McKee," the 
1 Edington-Vincent office negotiating 
; the deal. 

Player was here several months ago 
for a brief period. 

Rainger-Robin Assigned 

Paramount has assigned Ralph 
Rainger and Leo Robin to write the 
words and music for "Come on Ma- 
rines" and "The Trumpet Blows." 
Team's last work was for Bing 
Crosby's forthcoming picture, "We're 
Not Dressing." 

Patsy Kelly to U' 

Universal has put through a deal 
with Hal Roach for the loan of Patsy 
Kellv for a comedy spot in "Countess 
of Monte Cristo." Ralph Farnum grabs 
credit for the deal. 

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• "WHERE do you get that phrase 
'controlled budget pictures'?" an ex- 
hibitor writes us. "Don't you mean 
'short budget pictures'?" 

Decidedly not. Because there is a 

In the first place, when you use 
the phrase "short budget pictures" as 
a blanket covering for all pictures 
made to entertain at intelligent costs, 
you do an injustice to the sincere 

Because you lump him with every- 
thing that is CHEAP. 

And a "controlled budget picture" 
does not have to be cheap — in quality 
of entertainment. 


True — at least fifty per cent of the 
time a picture made at a moderate 
cost in this business HAS BEEN 

Because most major executives by 
some darned freak idiotic twist of 
logic get the attitude that ANYTHING 
goes in a moderate cost picture. 

The story, script and dialogue creak 
— but instead of taking even another 
week to iron out the wrinkles you 
hear: "Oh, hell, it's one of the cheap 
ones. Anything goes with them." 

The casting is spotty and uneven, 
and you hear: "Rats, she's a wash- 
out, but she'll get by in this one. It's 
one of our cheap pictures." 

Those are really "short budget" pic- 

But "controlled budgets" are the 
order of the day this year. They mean 
giving the same time, attention and 
care to story, casting and preparation 
to the moderate priced picture as to 
the big one — but when you start 
shooting controlling the reins so that 
you hit the mark you aim at. And 
controlling it so well that there's a 
margin of a few thousands to fix 
up anything that may go wrong. 

And "control of budgets" also 
means the making of the BIGGEST 
pictures. In this sense: When things 
are under control a company can af- 
ford to say: 

"Here are four, six or eight ideas 
out of our entire list that are BIG — 
we'll shoot the works on them, go the 
limit. But we are not doing it blind- 

So we give you: "Controlled bud- 
get pictures." 

Cooper Back Mon. 
Will Decide Then 
On His Activities 

New York. — Merian C. Cooper will 
be back in Hollywood Monday and to- 
gether with B. B. Kahane, ). R. Mc- 
Donough and others will decide his 
future activities with Radio Pictures. 

It is understood that Cooper's con- 
tract with Radio as production head 
of the studio, expires February 1 and 
that his future activities will not be as 
studio head but as the producer of the 
"Jock" Whitney series of pictures 
that the organization will make on the 
lot and release through the Radio ex- 

Cooper is understood to have told 
intimates that he does not care for the 
burden of being in charge of the pro- 
duction of any studio, that he would 
like to make two or three pictures a 
year and those pictures with the 
Whitney financing. 

Week-end Sailings of 

Film Folk To Europe 

New York. — Week-end sailings 
among film and theatrical folk include 
Irving Asher of Warners, Friday on the 
Mauretania; Carlyle Blackwell, Friday 
night on the Europa; Mitzi Mayfair 
and Jules Demaria, honorary president 
of the French Cinema Syndicate, Sat- 
urday on the Lafayette. 

Siff Resigns at MOM 

Phillip Siff has resigned as execu- 
tive assistant to David Selznick effec- 
tive next Monday. He returns to New 

Chatt-ert'on To Rest 

Ruth Chatterton will leave for Palm 
Springs today for a month's rest. The 
star has been ill the past week with 
a bad cold. 

Stock Players Never So Busy 
And Inter-Studio Loan-Outs 
Being Pushed To The Limit 

With the rush of oictures to start the new year free lance 
players and their agents are awakening in alarm to the fact that 
the jobs are not as plentiful as the pictures. The famine condi- 
tion is caused by an intensive drive on the part of the majors to 

absorb every dollar of stock players' 

time even to the extent of dropping a i i t\ C II 

name actors into comparative bits; AOeld R. jt. |ohnS 
combined with a close knit spirit of ^ ' ^ 

cooperation to the same end between \X/||| Qua I rtllllTlKia 

studios that IS moving the stock play- ^ '" -^"6 \^Q\\XU\Vl^ 

ers around like pieces on a checker- 

The situation is well illustrated by 
"Merry Wives of Reno," at Warners, a 
moderate cost negative which finds the 
(Continued on Page 4) 

Brent To Court 
In Warner Scrap 

George Brent filed suit yesterday in 
Superior Court, through his attorney, 
Peyton H. Moore, against Warner 
Brothers studio, asking the ccurt to 
interpret his contract. 

Brent admits his refusal to play the 
role assigned him by Warners in 
"Mandalay," after the studio would 
not comply with his wish to be re- 
leased from the assignment. He claims 
the role was that of a drunken doctor 
who when intoxicated allows a baby 
to die. He felt that the role would 
hurt him. 

Cohn Returns Monday 

New York. — Harry Cohn, Colum- 
bia's boss, leaves by plane today for 
Hollywood and will be at his desk on 
Monday morning. 


Ad Schulberg En Route 

Pat Casey, Producers' Labor Repre- 
sentative, yesterday defended his Bul- 
letin number 1 issued to all produc- 
ers regarding extras, and denied the 
charges in the Screen Actors' Guild's 
telegram to Sol Rosenblatt in Wash- 
ington that "it is an insolent attempt 
by studios to evade the code." 

"The code clearly states," said 
Casey, "that extra players are to re- 
( Continued on Page 2) 

New York. — Ad Schulberg is at last 
on her way to the coast, leaving yes- 
terday with Bianca Stroock, stylist of 
the Jay Thorpe theatrical department. 

Flu Hits Flood 

Latest flu victim is James Flood, 
Paramount director, who has hied him- 
self off to bed between pictures. 

Adela Rogers St. Johns, prominent 
Hearst writer, is filing suit early next 
week through Attorney Jerry Geisler 
against Columbia Pictures for unpaid 
balance on the story "Take the Wit- 

The writer alleges that after tell- 
ing the idea of the story to Harry 
Cohn she was instructed to go ahead 
with the development, receiving one- 
fcurth down on a purchase price of 
$7500. Later, in New York, the first 
treatment was put into script form on 
approval of Nate Spingold, of Colum- 
bia, and the author returned to the 
coast with a completed job. 

And since then, she says, she hasn't 
even been able to see Harry Cohn. 

Liammell of Paramount 

To Locate at Studio 

New York. — Bob Gillam of Para- 
mount left for the coast yesterday ac- 
companied by John Hammell of the 
company's distribution department. 
The latter will eventually locate per- 
manently at the studio, with John 
Barry, formerly of the Publix organi- 
zation, being groomed for Hammell's 
home office post. 

Mrs. Selznick Under Knife 

Mrs. Lewis Selznick, mother of Da- 
vid and Myron Selznick, underwent a 
major operation at the Good Samari- 
tan Hospital yesterday. Her condition 
was reported as satisfactory at a late 
hour last night. Dr. Maurice Kahn 

'L. B/ to Frisco 

Louis B. Mayer left for San Fran- 
cisco Thursday taking his wife there 
to a hospital for observation. The 
MCM chief will be back in a few days. 

Joe 'Mank' East 

Joe Mankiewicz left last night for 
a two weeks' vacation in New York. 


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Jan. 6, 1934 

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Dolores Del Rio and Cedric Gibbons 
are fleeing, via air, to N'Yawk this 
dawn to see some plays for a coupla 
weeks. . . . Sex Note: Clark Cable Is 
off to spend the week-end with his 
horse, Beverly Hills — she won her first 
race at Caliente, y'know. . . . Enrico 
Caruso |r. is awful' mad at the Warner 
publicity boys for saying that he "in- 
herited some of his father's voice" — 
it's modesty that makes him mad; he 
says he can't sing at all — but he can! 
. . . One of the things that made last 
week-end bright was Sam Jaffe's 
"compliment" to Arthur Richman, 
who appeared at the Mirador all done 
up in riding-togs. Said Sam: "Gee, 
Arthur, you look swell in those jodh- 
purs — I don't care what anybody 
says!" . . . Do you know why Harry 
Cohn didn't want anyone to know 
how good he thought Ann Sothern 
was in "Let's Fall in Love"? 

Ceorgie Raft, hobbling about with 
cane; Margie King, the Rufus Le 
Maires, Mary Brian with Dick Powell, 
Vivian Segal, the Ed Lowes (Lilyan 
Tashman), Elliott Cibbons, Jack Oakie 
among those at the opening of "Sailor 
Beware," which must have been hotter 
or something in New York. . . . Lotsa 
pipple at the Colony Club later — 
where Margaret Sullavan administered 
"the retort discourteous" to an ac- 
tress who paid her a nice compliment 
— and got just the right answer in re- 
turn. . . . Didja know that Doris War- 
ner LeRoy partly financed the stage 
production of "Men in White" — and 
tried to get poppa Harry to buy it, 
but he said "No!" so MCM grabbed 
it? . . . Greta Garbo and Mamoulian 
back in town from the Yosemite — or 
didn't you know they'd been there? 
. . . Tom Brown has put the kind of 
a ring that signifies an engagement 
in France on Anita Louise's finger. 
. . . Wally Beery's been taking guitar 
lessons — he strums a Spanish "just 
Before the Battle, Mother" in "Viva 
Villa" — whatever THAT is! 

'Time' Movie Critic Out 

Elliott Gibbons, screen critic for 
"Time" magazine, has resigned that 
post. Gives no reason other than a 
desire to seek more lucrative fields. 

'Grumpy' Routine 
Too Old For Pics 


Eddie Dowling presents "Big Hearted 
Herbert," adapted by Sophie Kerr 
and Anna Steese Richardson from 
a story by Sophie Kerr; staged by 
Dan Jarrett. With j. C. Nugent, 
Elizabeth Risdon, Norman Wil- 
liams, Dorothy Walter, Alan 
Bunce, Marjorie Wood, Betty 
Lancaster and others. At the 
Biltmore Theatre. 
New York. — just as it is inevitable 
that at least one story of this type 
make its appearance on every picture 
program, so it is inevitable that a 
study of an irascible old gent with a 
heart of gold be given the opportunity 
to romp around the stage at least once 
a season. In this case, despite the 
fact that nothing new has been manu- 
factured to make the idea any differ- 
ent from the rest of this particular 
school of thought, there is j. C. Nu- 
gent grumbling all over the place and 
getting laughs from those who really 
know better than to encourage this 
kind of thing. It's his show and he 
makes the best there is of it. 

This particularly "Grumpy" is a 
self-made man who abominates col- 
lege men, especially the Harvard 
breed. I Laugh situation number 
three.) He is also a "plain" man who 
will not wear tuxedo. (Laugh situa- 
tion number four. ) He also refuses 
to give up dominating his family and 
ruling his children's lives until his 
wife (who 'has been gallantly hanging 
on to her idea of what she thought 
she married twenty-three years ago) 
takes the situation in hand. The 
proper results are gained through the 
exceedingly simple ruse of taking the 
chintz covers off the hideous old- 
fashioned furniture and having the 
daughter of the house slap down a 
"plain" meal of Irish stew and apple 
pie before "Grumpy's" very best cus- 
tomers whom he wishes to impress. 
(Stock situation number five.) The 
wife also threatens to leave home un- 
less Papa agrees to allow his daughter 
to marry a lawyer and allow his older 
son to become an engineer instead of 
going into Papa's manufacturing busi- 
ness. There is also a younger son 
who is the only one in the family with 
brains enough to realize his father is 
a fool and love him for that. 

As has been said before, this is 
j. C. Nugent's show, but along with 
him are Elizabeth Risdon as his wife, 
who does right well by an incredible 
part, and Norman Williams as the 
younger son, who is one of the pleas- 
antest and most natural kids we've 
ever seen on the stage; and Betty Lan- 
caster as the daughter, who is a very 
attractive lass and studiously and suc- 
cessfully avoids being the least bit 
coy. It is too bad that the gal's voice 
is slightly high and rasping. With 
that defect removed, she'd be, okay for 
sound. And Dan jarrett's direction 
comes through the pretty tough task 
of having eight people on the stage 
at once while one completely domi- 
nates the conversation. 

Wide Open 

P. J. Wolfson shot himself in the 
arm accidentally yesterday while 
cleaning his shotgun. He was taken 
to the Cedars of Lebanon Hospital 
for treatment. You should hear 
the sympathy (?) he gets from the 

Warners Dust Off 
'Beau Brummer Pic 

Warners are dusting off their 
"Beau Brummel" property and looking 
at it this way and that with an idea 
of remaking it. Silent picture was 
made ten years ago with John Barry- 
more, Mary Astor, Irene Rich, Alec 
B. Francis, Carmel Myers and Richard 
Tucker, most of whom are ever-pres- 
ent today. 

Defends Stand on Code 

(Continued from Page 1 ) 

ceive $7.50 per day, with this mini- 
mum graded upwards according to the 
character and importance of the per- 
formance and the personal wardrobe 
required, the minimum for any class A 
'extra player' to be $15.00 per day. 
Producers are without exception pay- 
ing this minimum scale. 

"If any extra, employed as such, is 
required to play a bit such player be- 
comes a 'bit player' and the minimum 
compensation shall be not less than 
$25.00. The code does not specify per 
day, but $25.00 minimum for that 
'bit,' whether it takes ten minutes 
or ten days. This minimum scale does 
not apply, nor was it meant to apply, 
to anyone not originally hired as 'an 
extra player,' so that a producer who 
hires a player for a 'bit' may make 
any arrangement with that player as 
shall be mutually satisfactory. 

"As to what is and what is not 'es- 
sential dialogue' and what constitutes 
a 'crowd' obviously this can only be 
decided by the man in charge of pro- 

"This bulletin, signed by me, was 
issued as an aid to the studios in un- 
derstanding this phase of the question 
and I am convinced that every pro- 
ducer today is living up to the spirit 
as well as the letter of the code. The 
charges made in the Guild's telegram 
are without foundation in fact." 

David Selznick Ends 
First Year At MCM 

David Selznick this week rounds 
out his first year with MCM and starts 
the second on his two-year contract 
with that company. 

In addition to many months spent 
assisting L. B. Mayer on organization 
matters due to the illness of Irving 
Thalberg, Selznick has claims to a suc- 
cessful year with such pictures as 
"Dinner at Eight" and "Dancing 
Lady" and the bouquets he is receiv- 
ing for bringing "Little Women" to 
the screen. Great expectations are 
also held for "Viva Villa," the pic- 
ture which rounds out his year. 

Four Selznick productions are al- 
ready in the works for the coming 
year, "Streets of New York" for Ga- 
ble, "Sacred and Profane Love" for 
Crawford, "Prisoner of Zenda" and 
an unnamed historical subject for 
George Cukor direction. 

A Fof L to Organize 
Pic Theatre Staffs 

New York. — First important reac- 
tion to the code feature on collective 
bargaining in the motion picture field 
comes with the news that the Ameri- 
can Federation of Labor is behind a 
nation-wide move to organize on a 
union basis ushers, doormen, ticket- 
takers and janitors of screen theatres. 

The work will start from the East, 
an organization meeting being sched- 
uled for New York City next Tues- 

Lou Schreiber Handtes 

His Own Clients 

Lou Schreiber is anxious to correct 
the impression that the clients former- 
ly handled by him are in a tie-in 
with the William Morris agency. 
Schreiber will continue to handle his 
own clients on a personal basis, aside 
from his affiliation on other deals with 

Hepburn On Air in 'Juliet' 

New York. — Katharine Hepburn 
and Douglass Montgomery will do a 
scene from "Romeo and Juliet" over 
the NBC network on next Sunday 
evening, originating at 10.30 Eastern 
Standard time. 

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Great Casting Tops 
All Around job 

An Edward Small Production 

Director Benjamin Stoloff 

Screen Play: Jack jevne, Gertrude Pur- 
cell and Arthur Kober. 
Photographer Arthur Edeson 

Cast: Jimmy Durante, Lupe Velez, 
Stuart Erwin, Marjorie Rambeau, 
Robert Armstrong, Mary Carlisle, 
William Cagney, Thelma Todd, 
Franklyn Ardeli, Tom Dugan and 
Stanley Fields. 

There are almost as many laughs 
in "Palooka" as there are feet in the 
film, and when a little discreet cut- 
ting is done on a few dull places the 
picture will be one continuous laugh. 

It drags a little in the beginning, 
until Stu Erwin gets to the big city 
to become a prizefighter and Lupe 
Velez appears on the scene. From 
then on it's a wow. 

The story is a cinch any way you 
look at it, and it is embellished with 
dialogue that crackles. The cast 
romps through the thing with all the 
gusto in the world, and anyone who is 
looking for a boisterous, noisy, slightly 
cock-eyed and rowdy evening's enter- 
tainment can find it in "Palooka." 

jimmy Durante has the part of his 
life in this picture. He plays the fight 
manager who persuades Stu Erwin to 
leave his farm and come to New York 
to become world's champion, as his 
father, Robert Armstrong, was before 
him. Marjorie Rambeau is Erwin's 
mother, who has seen her husband 
about twice in the past twenty years 
and has no desire to see her son fol- 
low in his father's footsteps. But Er- 
win becomes champion, through a ser- 
ies of phony fights arranged by Dur- 
ante, and it isn't until he steals a riv- 
al's girl and has a fight on the level 
that he realizes that he's a fake in 
the ring. 

Erwin lumbers away with his part 
in the typical Erwin manner, only do- 
ing It a little better than usual. Miss 
Rambeau and Armstrong are splendidly 
cast as his parents. Jimmy Durante 
works hard and seldom has had a bet- 
ter advantage to do his stuff, and 
Miss Velez is extremely alluring as the 
girl who flits from champ to champ. 

William Cagney is a natural born 
actor. He has a hard part in this film 
and he gets away with it brilliantly. 
Mary Carlisle, Thelma Todd, Franklyn 
Ardeli, Tom Dugan and Stanley Fields 
have smaller but colorful roles. 

With the exception of those few, 
du!l, stiff bits, the a"rection of Ben- 
jamin Stoloff is fast and clever. Jack 
Jevne, Gertrude Purcell and Arthur 
Kober wrote the screen play, and Ar- 
thur Edeson photographed it. Credit 
for additional dialogue is given Ben 
Ryan and Murray Roth, so they must 
be mentioned. 

There's no box office worry about 
"Palooka." You'll probably have re- 
peaters coming back to catch the dia- 
logue and action they missed while 
laughrng so hard. 

Hail Columbia! 

A committee headed by Irving 
Briskin, Sam Nelson and Wilbur 
McGough raised $1500 on the Co- 
lumbia lot in a few hours for the 
widow and five children of Frank 
Geraghty, veteran assistant direc- 
tor, who was a victim of the flood. 

'Wheels of Destiny' 
Weak For Maynard 

( Maynard-Universal ) 

Directed by Allan James 

Original and Screen Play. .Nate Gatzert 

Photography by Ted McCord 

Cast: Ken Maynard, Dorothy Dix, Philo 
McCullough, Frank Rice, Jay 
Wilsie, Ed Coxen, Fred Sale Jr., 
Fred MacKaye, Jack Rockwell, 
William Could, Nelson McDow- 
ell, Big Tree, Tarzan. 
This picture was made at a cost 
way below even Maynard's average. 
It looks it. 

A group of easterners are preparing 
to trek to California to work a claim 
one of their members has found when 
they are attacked by outlaws seeking 
a map of the gold fields. Maynard ar- 
rives in time to save the day, thus 
making an excuse for a chase in the 
first hundred feet of film. From this 
point on the little band suffer more 
trials and tribulations than did the 
chosen people on their flight out of 
Egypt into the Promised Land. The 
outlaws appear from time to time as 
do several thousand Indians. These 
dealt with, a prairie fire and a cloud 
burst equaling the late Los Angeles 
flood, remain to be overcome but 
Maynard managed to get the little 
band safe at last on the sunny side of 
the Rockies. 

There are more chases than usual 
and these might get the kids' money. 
Tarzan, who usually can be count- 
ed on, didn't receive his usual oppor- 
tunities. Photography and direction 
have to rate along with the routine air 
of the whole affair. 

lay Ask 
Another Injunction 

Studio Technicians No. 37, lATSE, 
has called a general meeting to be 
held Monday evening at headquarters 
to discuss the court denial of its ap- 
plication to enjoin members of Local 
No. 40 of the IBEW from working in 
studios for which the lATSE claimed 

L. C. G. Blix, business representa- 
tive of the lATSE, will seek permission 
from the members to file another suit 
against the IBEW on the question. 

Blix said that the adverse decision 
will not affect his suit for $33,900,- 
000 against a large proportion of the 
film capital, now pending. 

Sam Krellberg Coming. 

New York. — Sam Krellberg is on 
his way to the coast to look over in- 
dependent production in connection 
with financing operations. 

Ratoff a Hit; 

Sothern a Bet 


Directed by David Burton 

Story and Screen Play by 

Herbert Fields 

Photographed by Benjamin Kline 

Music by. Harold Arlen 

Lyrics by Ted Koehler 

Cast: Gregory Ratoff, Ann Sothern, 
Edmund Lowe, Miriam Jordan, 
Tala Birell, Greta Meyer, Kane 
Richmond, Marjorie Cateson, 
Sven Borg, Arthur Jarrett. 

With the exception of "Lady for a 
Day" this picture is the best that Co- 
lumbia has had on its program for a 
long time, it reaches the top spot in 
program attractions and should return 
a big profit to the studio and equally 
as big returns for the theatres. 

It's nothing pretentious, shows 
nothing new, has an antique story 
idea, but the manner in which the 
whole production is handled turns it 
into a swell piece of entertainment. 

Gregory Ratoff walks away with the 
picture in the role of a Hollywood pic- 
ture producer. Several times during 
the preview the run of the picture 
was interrupted by applause for his 
standout scenes and it was well de- 
served. However, Ann Sothern (for- 
merly Harriet Lake) grabs her share 
of the cake in what, we believe, is 
her first major part in a picture. She 
is good to look at, reads her lines most 
convincingly and has the marks of a 
big bet. Either the recording was bad 
or she is no great shucks in song, but 
in either case she's O.K. 

Much credit should go to David 
Burton for a direction that was, at all 
times, most charming. It's pretty 
tough to hold screen interest with a 
story in which you can call every se- 
quence before it is played, but Burton 
did that and more. Other credits 
should go to Harold Arlen and Ted 
Koehler for a certain smash song hit, 
"Let's Fall in Love," and Edmund 
Lowe for his performance in a rather 
stilted role. 

Plot is laid in a studio background 
with a star walking out on a picture 
and the efforts of the director iwork- 
ing on his pet picture) to uncover a 
girl to take her place. He finds her 
in a circus and of course she is a hit 
and of course they fall in love. Al- 
though the yarn is formula, it is told 
convincingly and with plenty of 

You can spot this one any place. 
It's not a musical, although having a 
cinch hit number, thereby presenting 
musical qualities without the general 
drawbacks of that type of entertain- 
ment. Don't let the picture sneak in 
on you or your audience; it should be 
ballyhooed to get the effects it de- 

Melton on Long Termer 

Frank Melton, youngster who scor- 
ed in "State Fair," and then went to 
work in Muller's Gas Station while 
waiting a decision from Fox on his fu- 
ture, was yesterday signed to a long 
term contract by the Westwood stu- 



Well, my foes and friends, THAT 
was a New Year's celebration. All 
those who were not out of town were 
at the Mayfair party which was one 
gorgeous champagne bubble until 7 or 
8 o'clock in the morning, and with all 
the best intentions in the world it was 
impossible to keep a record of those 
present, on account of things were 
just a blur after )2 that completely 
blotted out that which went before. 
. . Lotsa people took advantage of 
the elegant week-end to go frolicking 
out of town. Kay Francis celebrated 
the New Year down on Long Island 
with the Donald Ogden Stewarts and 
the thing that exhausted her was 
watching the tennis. George Oppen- 
heimer went up to Arden, N. Y., to 
visit with the Harrimans and got more 
sleep than he's had in years. And, 
incidentally, out of those two parties 
we said had been given for Miriam 
Hopkins by Bennett Cerf, at least one 
of them was in honor of George Op- 
penheimer, and Bennett Cerf thinks 
he should be given credit for it. . . . 
Julie and Arthur Hornblow (who spent 
most of the holidays down in ole Vir- 
ginny) had themselves a farewell 
cocktail party on Arthur's return to 
Hollywood and Julie's return to the 
old homestead. And a goodly crowd 
was there with Carl Van Vechten, 
Marion Saportas (with a very new and 
gorgeous diamond bracelet) , Eddie 
Wasserman, Tullio Carminati (who's 
about to decide where and when he 
wants to leave town suddenly) , Kay 
Francis, Dwight Fiske, Joan Carr and 
George Oppenheimer. . . . Arthur Lu- 
bin has finally made up his mind 
about what he's going to do next and 
that is to direct a play called "Brief 
Nocturne," by Victor Whotkenstein. 
This recounts the story of that grande 
passion between George Sand and 
Chopin, and if plans don't go astray 
one of your very favorite actresses will 
play the George Sand role. 

We've just discovered that a lot of 
these eye-arresting marquees are done 
that way a-purpose. Anyway, one 
theatre we know of makes it a prac- 
tice to book pictures that'll cause 
comment when billed together and 
that's the Edison. The one they had 
for the holidays reads: "Aggie Appleby 
Maker of Men" and "Little Women." 
And so, to get back to New 
Year's once more, Helen Morgan had 
a Tom and Jerry party the afternoon 
of the eve and we still don't know 
what they are since we never got past 
the Planter's Punch. . . . BUT. ladies 
and gents, the best celebration this 
town has had in years was over the 
victory of Columbia. Telephone and 
telegraph wires burned with congrat- 
ulations from old grads to older grads 
and it's absolutely impossible to even 
talk to a Columbia man. And whata 
break for Cod's country — Graham 
McNamee couldn't talk about the 
weather and the beautiful mountains 
and it sorta put a stop gap to all the 
boasting about western football as 
compared to eastern. But what it 
has really done is to give eastern pro- 
duction the biggest boost it's ever had. 

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Ian. 6, 1934 

Londoners Rate 
La Maternelle' 
Best Pic of 1933 

London. — The French production of 
"La Maternelle," now playing the 
Academy here, has been rated by most 
of the film critics of Great Britain as 
the best picture of any manufacture 
during the past twelve months. 

"La Maternelle" was made by Pro- 
ductions Photosounor of Paris at a 
total cost of $48,000. It stars Made- 
leine Renaud and was directed by 
Leon Frapie from the story of ). Be- 
noit-Levy and Marie Epstein. 

Picture is being released here and 
in France by Universal. 

'Elizabeth' for MacMahon 

Continuing to build Aline Mac- 
Mahon towards starrJng, Warners have 
placed on their schedule a costume 
production under the title "Eliza- 
beth" to star the player. She rates 
top billing in "Fur Coats," which goes 
into work next week. No other cast 
members set. 

Zanuck Seeks Laughton 

Darryl Zanuck has not given up 
hope of getting Charles Laughton for 
the Duke's part in "Affairs of Cellini," 
although Paramount, which has the 
player under contract, has not given 
the deal its okay to date. 

Stuart- in 'Campus Queen' 

Gloria Stuart returned from Carmel 
yesterday and was assigned by Univer- 
sal for the top spot in "The Campus 
Queen," from an original story by Lou 

Double Cross 

Universal is reported ready to 
slam Columbia before the Code 
Authority. Basketball teams of 
both companies met Thursday, Co- 
lumbia walking through their op- 
ponents to a 60-28 win. Universal 
alleging now that Columbia had 
run in last year's UCLA champs as 
their team. 

Freelancers on Spot 

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'Ziegfeld^ Lands On 
Shelf At Universal 

Universal has postponed production 
on "The Great Ziegfeld," for which 
Billie Burke had been signed at one 
time. Extraordinarily lavish demands 
for such a picture are regarded at this 
period as contrary to the company's 

Lyie Talbot- Excused 

Threatened with suspension owing 
to his disappearance when Warners 
demanded him for retakes in "Upper- 
world," LyIe Talbot cleared the air 
when he told Hal Wallis how a fog 
had forced him to stop off at Santa 
Barbara while the studio wired frantic- 
ally to the Hearst ranch for him. Wal- 
lis told him to forget the incident. 

Meeting on Code in Feb. 

Washington. — General Johnson an- 
nounced today that he was calling all 
Code Authorities to meet here early 
in February for general instructions 
and to iron out in open discussion the 
problems of four or five industries 
where complaints have been heard. 

following members of the stock list 
falling over each other: Glenda Farrell, 
Guy Kibbee, Hugh Herbert, Frank Mc- 
Hugh, Donald Woods, Margaret Lind- 
say, Ruth Donnelly, Hobart Cavanaugh. 
Kibbee has jumped from "Wonder 
Bar" to "Harold Teen," to "Merry 
Wives"; Cavanaugh from "Harold 
Teen" to "Very Honorable Guy" to 
"Merry Wives," schedules being inter- 
locked like a cross-word puzzle. 

A survey of the principal majors 
concerning percentage of stock play- 
ers at work or scheduled for pictures 
within a few days is here summar- 
ized : 

Columbia, with fourteen stock con- 
tract players, will have ten working by 
the end of the week on the three 
productions scheduled to be under way 
by that time. 

At MGM, with the recent produc- 
tion spurt tapering off, studio still has 
70 per cent of the star and featured 
players active and this list will be 
raised to around 80 per cent before 
the end of the month. MGM lists fif- 
teen stars and 42 featured players. 

Sixteen of Radio's stock list of 22 
are either working or scheduled for 
pictures on the early slate. 

Warners figures are astonishing. 
With 16 stars, ten are working or 
scheduled for the next week; of 31 
featured players, 28 are already cast 
in pictures now in production. 

Paramount is using the loan-out 
route to keep their percentage high, 
about sixty per cent of the players 
keeping consistently busy over the 

Poli in Five Year 
Deal With MGM 

New York. — One of the biggest 
blanket booking deals on record was 
concluded yesterday with the signing 
by the Poli Circuit of a five-year 
deal for MGM product. 

The circuit, now controlled by Na- 
thanson and Blumenthal interests, 
plans to do its own vaudeville booking 
and looks to a revival in that field. 

Colbert Back for Retakes 

Claudette Colbert returned from 
Furnace Creek Inn in Death Valley 

She goes to Columbia Monday for 
retakes under Frank Capra's direction 
in "It Happened One Night," formerly 
known as "Night Bus." 

Rosenblatt Sets the Date 

Washington. — Sol Rosenblatt now 
definitely plans his Coast trip to start 
the 19th or 20th. He was made a 
Kentucky Colonel today. 

current month either at home or 
abroad. Universal, due to the young- 
sters carried in stock for future pos- 
sibilities, shows a surplus of idle play- 
ers but "Countess of Monte Cristo," 
"If I Were Rich," and others sched- 
uled for quick shooting are counted to 
absorb all of the big overhead this 
month. Fox is the only unhealthy ex- 
ception to the rule, with only 20 per 
cent of the stock list at work, and the 
average only due to go up slightly in 
the next two weeks. Fox, under Shee- 
han's rules, also cagey about loan- 



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Monday, |anuary 8, 1934 

4C/iD-6lJILD riGtiT AGAIN 

•IT seems to be an undeniable fact 
that the individuals at the production 
helm here in Hollywood (with possi- 
bly one or two exceptions) know less 
about the making of pictures than 
anyone else connected with the Hol- 
lywood industry. And still those very 
men, who have ALL the say, seem to 
be continually doing everything to 
thwart the creators, men and women, 
who could and would make success- 
ful pictures. 

Co over the list of studio heads 
(you know them as well as we do) 
and pick more than two men who 
could stand on their own in produc- 
tion. Then go over the same list of 
men, and those of you who are fa- 
miliar with their actions jot down the 
number of pictures they have ruined 
during the past twelve months by their 
insane ideas, absolute child-like de- 
cisions or Napoleonic attitudes. It's 
a damned disgrace and is THE reason 
for bad pictures and the huge cost 
of those bad pictures. 

It should be the duty of a studio 
head to surround himself with an or- 

fanization that can make GOOD PIC- 
URES. It should be his desire to 
assemble a group of producers who 
can produce and permit them to pro- 
duce unhampered. It should be his 
duty to watch the purse strings, to 
attend to the business details of the 
studio and let the creators CREATE. 
But who of them are doing it? 

We saw a picture the other night 
the production of which has been the 
talk of the town for almost a month. 
It was a cheap picture, made in a 
cheap studio (one of the majors) that 
in its completed form was SWELL 
ENTERTAINMENT. In addition, it 
brought to the screen a new person- 
ality. For making this good picture 
at a low cost, for digging up the story, 
for getting it written so that it would 
play logically, for bringing to the stu- 
dio a new personality, the producer 
was FIRED. All because he was 
"tough to get along with." All be- 
cause he KNEW how to produce but 
his stupid studio head failed to rec- 
ognize it. Because the producer would 
not countenance stupid interference. 

Now that the picture is a success 
the studio is trying to get the pro- 
ducer back. But it's too late. He 
has been snapped up by another or- 
ganization, by a man desirous of per- 
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Para. Chairman 
On Way Here To 
Look Things Over 

New York — Duncan Holmes, chair- 
man of the shareholders committee of 
Paramount, is on his way to Holly- 
wood to look over the studio and its 
product in the interests of the com- 
mittee he represents. 

It is understood that Holmes will 
conduct a thorough investigation to 
determine the reasons for the defec- 
tion of most of Paramount's stars to 
other companies and to receive first 
hand information on the cost and poor 
quality of the product during the past 

Eddie Small Carries U' 
Peeve to the Hays Office 

Edward Small is burning plenty at 
Universal for using the title "Countess 
of Monte Cristo" and plans to go to 
the Hays organization this week to 
try and prevent Universal from using 
that title. 

Cormack and DeMille Part 

Bartlett Cormack, who has been a 
DeMille story ace for the past year, 
resigned Saturday after inability to 
agree with Cecil B. on the treatment 
of "Cleopatra." Writer was immedi- 
ately snapped up by the parent Para- 
mount organization to work on "The 
Trumpet Blows," George Raft vehicle. 

Criffith-Faragoh Return 

New York. — E. H. Griffith and 
Frances Faragoh, who have been here 
for preparatory script work on "Alien 
Corn," are now on their way to the 

Rex Bailey Joins Lloyd 

Rex Bailey, former Radio caster, has 
been engaged by the Harold Lloyd or- 
ganization as head caster. 

Lie Passed On Writers' Claim 
That Their Body Will Control 
Code Committee Nominations 

They're at it again — the Academy of Motion Picture Arts 
and Sciences and the Writers' Guild. On Thursday evening a 
meeting of the members of the Writers' Guild was told that their 
organization had been authorized to handle the machinery for 

nominations to the Fair Practices 

Committee which will guide the oper- 
ation of the code. On Friday, Donald 
Gledhill, acting executive secretary of 
the Academy, displayed a telegram 
from Sol Rosenblatt which in his 
opinion denies that any moves have 
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Mamoulian Signed 
For Next Anna Sten 

Samuel Goldwyn signed Rouben 
Mamoulian Saturday to direct the ngxt 
Anna Sten picture, "Resurrection," in 
which Fredric March will be co- 

Willard Mack is writing the screen 
play of the Tolstoy novel. Production 
on this picture is scheduled to get un- 
der way around April 1. 

Sound Men's Election on 
Tuesday and Wednesday 

Contrary to reports that the IBEW 
has effectively spiked the lATSE's ef- 
forts to hold an election to decide 
which organization shall represent the 
craft, Campbell McCullough of the Los 
Angeles Regional Labor Board Satur- 
day requested all studios to notify 
their sound men that the election will 
be held as planned in the Writers' 
Club January 9 and 10. 


New York. — Paramount and the 
RKO circuit are at loggerheads in the 
New York territory and it looks as 
though the independent theatres may 
get a break out of the battle. 

The Paramount product has here- 
tofore been split between Loew's and 
RKO in the metropolitan area, but this 
week Paramount announces cancella- 
tion of the RKO franchise, alleging 
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Seymour Assigned to the 
Reins on Next 'Joe E.' Pic 

James Seymour has been assigned 
the supervisory reins on the next Joe 
E. Brown picture, "Earthworm Trac- 

Paul Gerard Smith and Joe Traub 
are writing the screen play from the 
William Hazlitt Upton series of short 
stories in the Saturday Evening Post. 

MCM Producers 
May Be Cut to Five 

New York. — It is understood here 
that when Nicholas Schenck gets to 
Hollywood in about two weeks, that 
Louis B. Mayer and himself will cut 
the production staff of the studio to 
f ve, instead of the more than a dozen 
holding portfolios there now. 

The slice in producers will be done 
in the belief that the five topnotched 
rren at the plant can account for the 
whole program of MGM pictures and 
will tend to better organization, bet- 
ter production and at much less cost 
than at present. 

Twelvetrees and Agents 
To Air Trouble in Court 

The Rebecca and Silton office's 
'altle with Helen Twelvetrees is 
headed fo' a court room airing. 

Action against the player alleging 
unlawful discharge from a managerial 
contract is slated to be filed today 
througS Ralph Blum, agency's attor- 
ney. Dispute is claimed to be similar 
to the Bruce Cabot-Collier and Wallis 
fracas which resulted in the latter 
winning a victory for the entire field. 

Goldwyn to New York 

Samuel Goldwyn left for New York 
on The Chief Saturday night to be 
gone six weeks. During that time he 
will look after the opening of "Nana" 
and also discuss the next Cantor pic- 
ture with the writers. 

Leonard on 'Rip Tide' 

Robert Z. Leonard is now directing 
the Thalberg production of "Rip 
Tide" at MGM with Edmund Gould- 
ing, who has been directing, shifted 
over to the writing end of the picture. 

Cohn Remains East 

New York. — With Sam Briskin on 
the job at the studio Harry Cohn has 
canceled plans for an immediate re- 
turn to the Coast and will remain in 
New York for some time. 



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Ric Cortez and Christine Lee are 
getting married this morning at Phoe- 
nix, Arizona — even though the honey- 
moon must wait. The pair returns to 
Ho'llywood tomorrow and Ric goes 
right to work at Warners. If the stu- 
jo gives out with a couple of weeks 
between pictures, the newlyweds will 
go to Honolulu when "Hit Me Again" 
is finished. 


LISTEN! About the most sensa- 
tional bit of news we've heard con- 
cerns a famous star and her actor- 
husband. Finding themselves unhappy 
in their present state, they want to 
get a divorce. But they CAN'T — not 
here or anywhere else. Because they 
are not and never have been married! 
Their union began several years ago 
when both were on the stage and 
even though they have spent little 
time since then under the same roof, 
they would like to sever the ties com- 
pletely — but don't know how! There 
IS the matter of the "dear public" to 
consider— and they naturally enough, 
don't want to face what might be 
termed another "movie scandal." 
Their marriage would soon be legal as 
a common-law union, since they an- 
nounced more than five years ago that 
they were married — but for some rea- 
son they want to be free right now — 
and are lying awake nights trying to 
figure out HOW! 

Virginia Cherrill and Cary Grant got 
as far as the registrar's office in Lon- 
don the other day with the intention 
of getting married. Then Virginia dis- 
covered that she had left her divorce 
papers from her first husband in the 
good ole U.S.A. If the matter can be 
straightened out satisfactorily they'll 
be married in England before they re- 
turn — otherwise they'll tie the knot 
as soon as they get back. 

Didja know that Jean Harlow and 
MGM are still tiffing — and that jean 
hasn't set foot in the stujo for weeks 
arid weeks.' She's holding out for the 
entire raise in salary that she asked for 
' — and the studio says she won't get 
a thing until she returns to work. 
They've suspended her from the sal- 
ary list, too — so things are what is 
laughingly called, a standstill. 

Gleason And Pals 
And Director Top 

( Paramount) 

Director Erie C. Kenton 

Original Schuyler Grey 

and Paul R. Wilton 

Adaptation David Boehm 

and Maurine Watkins 

Screen Play Frank Butler 

and Claude Binyon 

Dialogue Sam Hellman 

Photography Harry Fischbeck 

Cast: Buster Crabbe, Ida Lupino, Rob- 
ert Armstrong, James Gleason, 
Toby Wing, Gertrude Michael 
and the thirty winners of the 
Search for Beauty contest. 

Search for entertainment will be re- 
warded in Paramount's picture "Search 
for Beauty." 

While it is not a great picture in 
any sense of the word, there is noth- 
ing that will keep it from being class- 
ed as "above average" except a few 
slow and dull spots that can be read- 
ily brightened up, especially in the 
beginning. It takes rather long to 
get under way. The very last shot 
of the picture will probably also be 

There's not a kid in the country 
who won't go for this picture, and 
their parents will probably trot right 
along with them. It is built by and 
for the American youth, especially 
those who are crazy about athletics. 
It is young, innocent, full of high 
ideals and sugar-coated advice that, 
inasmuch as it is humorously and dra- 
matically presented, is not hard to 

The story concerns two Olympic 
champions. Buster Crabbe and Ida Lu- 
pino. who launch a magazine on health 
and exercise, using as examples of 
their preachments the winners of a 
world-wide search for physical per- 
fection. The struggles of these two 
to keep the magazine and their health 
farm on the level, with James Glea- 
son, Robert Armstrong and Gertrude 
Michael working against them, make 
up the Horatio Alger complications. 

The scenes on the health farm, at 
which have gathered a crowd of tired 
business men and bored matrons who 
hope to revive their spirits with not- 
so-innocent parties with the athletes 
and who are forced to get up at six- 
thirty in the morning and follow the 
rigid routine of an athlete's day, are 
very amusing. The picture all the 
way through is amusing rather than 
dramatic, exuberant rather than so- 
phisticated, and it is all very "high- 

Gleason and Armstrong make a 
swell comedy team. They have good 
gags, good business, and they make 
the most of it. Ida Lupino shows 
what she used to make herself a mu- 
sical comedy star in England, and Ger- 
trude Michael is funny as the brains 
of the Cleason-Armstrong team. Bus- 
ter Crabbe is not as stiff as usual and 
turns in an almost convincing per- 
formance. Toby Wing is surprisingly 
amusing. The Paramount winners of 
the Search for Beauty contest are mar- 
velous to Jook at, and that boy who 

Hitting on High 

New York. — Are they smiling at 
the Universal home office? Fig- 
ures for the week ending January 
6 show it to be the best sales and 
collections week since March. 
1932. And no sign of the pace 
slowing up. 

Smith to Shorts 

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has appoint- 
ed Frank Whitbeck to head the studio 
advertising department under the di- 
rect supervision of Howard Dietz, pub- 
licity and advertising head of the com- 

This shift sends Pete Smith to the 
production of the MGM short reels 
exclusively. Prior to this, Pete had 
been handling the shorts and the ad- 
vertising end as well. 

The studio publicity depai-tment will 
continue to function under the guid- 
ance of Howard Strickling. 

Morris-Rowland Brice 

Deal Fails to Jell 

Contrary to reports that he has been 
signed by Rowland and Brice for "Ben- 
efit Performance," Chester Morris' 
deal with the Columbia independent 
producers has failed to jell. Player 
goes into Universal's "Practical Joker" 
as his next assignment. Stanley Ber- 
german is supervising the picture. 

WB Sign Helen Lowell 

New York. — Helen Lowell, stage 
actress, has been signed by Warners 
and her first picture will be "Fur 
Coats." She will leave for the coast 
in about a week. 


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mitting his producers to make the pic- 
tures. If they flop, he'll let the pro- 
ducer out; but as long as they hit, 
they are THE PRODUCERS. They 
make the pictures and suffer no in- 
terference from this studio head. 

Moss Hart's "Once in a Lifetime" 
was a child's fairy tale compared to 
the real conditions in the production 
of pictures here. It's unbelievable 
that men in charge of the production 
of motion picture entertainment could 
be so dumb and that companies could 
be so stupid as to permit this condi- 
tion to go on and on year after year. 

says he's from Louisville is a not. 
Erie C. Kenton directed steadily. 
David Boehm and Maurine Watkins 
wrote the yarn for the screen and 
Frank Butler and Claude Binyon made 
the screen play. 

The youth of America will swarm 
to see this picture, being particularly 
thrilled at the elaborate athletic pag- 
eant. Adults also will find plenty of 
amusement in the antics of Gleason 
and Armstrong, with the exception of 
highbrows, who will favor it all with 
a faint, superior sneer. 

Direction and Cast 
Okay; Story Foggy 



Direction Al Rogell 

Screen Play by Ethel Hill 

and Dore Schary 

Story by Valentine Williams 

Photographed by Benjamin Kline 

Cast: Donald Cook. Mary Brian, Regi- 
nald Denny, Robert McWade, 
Helen Freeman, Samuel Hinds, 
G. Pat Collins, Edwin Maxwell, 
Maude Eburne, Marjorie Gateson, 
Reginald Barlow, Greta Meyer, 
Montagu Shaw, Dell Henderson, 
Edward McWade and Selmer 
This Columbia programmer proves 
all over again that it is easy to gcJ 
around in circles in a fog without 
getting much of anywhere. 

Though all of the elements of a 
good, routine mystery thriller are 
present, the tale lags wearily just at 
the moment when it needs a smash 
climax, and the audience works up 
neither enthusiasm nor regret when 
the arch villain jumps off into the 

On board a mist shrouded liner hur- 
ries an irascible old millionaire, played 
strenuously by Robert McWade. He 
is running away from Madame Alva, 
a fortune teller who is determined to 
inherit some of his money. He is 
searching for his son whom he never 
has seen. 

One after another the fog reveals 
the faces of the other passengers. 
Reginald Denny plays a likable, mat- 
ter-of-fact physician. Donald Cook is 
a mysterious young man who peers 
portentously around corners at the 
suspicious goings-on of the other char- 
acters. Maude Eburne has an amus- 
ingly written part as a bridge fiend. 
Edwin Maxwell is stern and controlled 
as the captain. Helen Freeman lends 
the proper theatric quality to the for- 
tune teller. Well cast in other parts 
are G. Pat Collins, Greta Meyer, Dell 
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Page Three 



Direction Skillful; 
Has Real Song Hit 


Director Mark Sandrich 

Original and Screen Play — 

Harry Ruby and Bert Kalmar 

Photography David Abel 

Cast: Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey, 
Dorothy Lee, Ruth Etting, Thel- 
ma Todd, Phyllis Barry, George 
Meeker, Dorothy Granger. 
Wheeler and Woolsey pictures are 
made for Wheeler and Woolsey audi- 
ences. For the benefit of the latter 
we can report that this ranks as one 
of the best of the Wheeler and Wool- 
sey concoctions. 

It has its share of laughs, an abun- 
dance of pretty girls and a touch of 
class in production; it has one re- 
prised song that deserves its repe- 

And while we're telling what it has, 
we might as well add that it has less 
of the broad suggestiveness that has 
marred some recent Wheeler-Woolsey 
offerings. For which we, and many 
exhibitors, will sing praises for the 

The preview audience was definite- 
ly not a Wheeler-Woolsey audience, 
if we judge by the nonchalant ap- 
plause that greeted their names — so 
the way the picture picked them up, 
kept them in a fairly continuous run 
of laffs, and left them satisfied is a 
pretty good indication of its rating. 

But some day we'd like to see this 
team in a picture that gave evidences 
of some of the time in story prepara- 
tion, gagging and all-around work that 
results in those high-water riotous 
laugh sequences of the Marx brothers. 
Some day we'd like to see a Wheeler- 
Woolsey that didn't have that uneven 
jerkiness that indicates running 
through the cutting room ringer. A 
sequence like the adagio dance by the 
leads, for example, funny as it is, 
would be ADULT if there had been 
planted any reason for it. 

But enough of the hypercritical 
when all present at the show seemed 
to have a good time. Mark Sandrich 
shows again that he has it on the ball, 
and as usual surprises with some un- 
usual touches. Thelma Todd, whom 
they kept bouncing from brunette to 
blonde for some unknown reason, 
does a good job, and Dorothy Lee is 
happily back where she always regis- 
ters, as foil for Bert Wheeler. 

We liked the stars better than we 
usually do. There's more restraint, 
and less shouting. This picture will 
help them. 

Camera work, both straight, and in 
the optical printer department, is 
class. Dave Gould's dances, within the 
limitations set by the producer, are 
effectively done. As for Kalmar and 
Ruby, we'll excuse a slim musical com- 
edy story for their catching "Keep On 
Doing What You're Doing To Me," if 
that's the title. 

The story is a slim peg that kicks 
Wheeler and Woolsey around a bunch 
of beauty shop complications with 
Thelma and Dorothy, and then tags 

A Tip to the Guild 

Paris. — When a French author 
doesn't like what the picture maker 
does to his brain child his friends 
take up the cudgels. Catcalls, 
whistling and booing greeted "The 
Adventures of King Pausole" at 
the Paramount here because Pierre 
Louys considers it a travesty on his 

John Buckler Latest 
'Antony' Candidate 

New York. — Still another bet is up 
for the part of Antony in DeMille's 
Cleopatra film. In addition to Herbert 
Wilcoxon, English actor, as exclusive- 
ly announced in The Hollywood Re- 
porter, Paramount is also considering 
John Buckler, who made a big hit here 
in the stage production of "Eight 
Bells." He will get the part if Wil- 
coxon cannot reach Hollywood in 

Howard Set To Do 
Radio Picture First 

Leslie Howard will definitely make 
"Of Human Bondage" for Radio under 
the direction of John Cromwell as his 
first picture. 

Howard's contract with Warners is 
not definitely set and will not be 
settled until Jack Warner returns to 
the studio in a week or ten days. 

Block's Ticket Renewed 

Warners punched Ralph Block's 
ticket Saturday and the writer con- 
tinues for another six months. 

Story Lags in Tog' 

'Continued from Page 21 

Henderson, Edward McWade and Sel- 
mer Jackson. 

There is nothing wrong with the 
cast. Al Rogell's direction lends the 
first part of the story interest and a 
staccato quality with short scenes 
which count. But the tale falls to 
pieces at the moment the millionaire 
is found hanging by the neck in the 
misty rigging, and no one hurries to 
cut him down. From there on we 
have that same old court-room scene. 
The fact that the cross-examination 
is on board ship, that it includes the 
raising of the murdered man's ghost, 
and the exposing of the least likely 
person as the killer does not lift the 
weight of weariness from the latter 
half of the tale. 

Photography is excellent. There 
are some moments of tenseness, but 
one cannot help suspecting that the 
fog blotted out part of the plot be- 
fore the tale ever got into production. 

on a cross-country auto race when 
they didn't know what else to do. 

And summing it up for the exhibi- 
tor, we repeat: It's aces among the 
Wheeler and Woolsey offerings. You 
can't ask any more in the way of feed 
box information. 

Direction and Neat 
Casting Lift It Up 


Directed by Lambert Hillyer 

Story by A. J. Cronin 

Screen Play Jo Swerling 

Photography John Stumar 

Cast: Fay Wray, Ralph Bellamy, Wal- 
ter Connolly, Mary Carlisle, Wal- 
ter Byron, Mary Foy, Georgie 
Caine, J. Farrell MacDonald, Leila 
Be-nett, Billie Seward, Ben Al- 

"Once To Every Woman" is no 
great shakes as to newness of story, 
and is certainly not the answer to an 
exhibitor's prayer — but it manages to 
be a good program picture in so far 
as it has been given a fairly big name 
cast, is well directed by Lambert Hill- 
yer, contains some first rate writing 
by Jo Swerling and high quality pho- 
tography by John Stumar. 

The entire action of the piece takes 
place during one day, in and about 
the wards of a large city hospital. 
It goes to prove (just as we've always 
suspected) that the days of doctors, 
nurses and internes are not complete- 
ly taken up with sutures and ther- 
mometers. There not only can be, 
but there are, love and romance mixed 
in with it all! 

The big scene in this opus is filled 
with suspens3 and realism and show- 
Walter (ionnolly (as Selby, the head 
of the hospital) performing a d;licate 
brain operation. He breaks down af 
the critical moment and his protege 
(expertly played by Ralph Bellarry) 
takes over the operation, wins K'u's? 
Fanshawe (Fay Wray) for hims'^'f 
and ends by replacing Connolly, h'S 
life-long friend, as head of the hos- 

Connolly, as always, turns in a top 
notch performance and Fay Wray as 
the "head nurse" looks allu'ing and 
does good work. Walter Byron plays 
the "internal philanderer" well, and 
Mary Carlisle is OK. as the girl who 
spends a lot of the hospital's time on 
the roof with him. Ben Alexander, 
Georgia Caine, J. Farrell MacDonald 
and others contributed well-played 

Even those who don't care much 
about "operations" will find "Once To 
Every Woman" a pleasant enough 
piece of screen fare, and it should go 
over well if you don't overdo the 

Hardie Appendix Causes 
Shift on Men in White' 

An emergency appendix operation 
Saturday compelled Russell Hardie to 
withdraw from the cast of MGM's 
"Men in White." Player is at the 
Glendale Research Hospital. His scenes 
in the picture will have to be retaken 
with a replacement. 

Para Buys 'For Love' 

New York. — Paramount announces 
the purchase here of a yarn titled "For 
Love," by Roy Flannagan and Eulalie 

Well, of course, at the moment, 
there's nothing better to write about 
than the LeRoy-Warner wedding fes- 
tivities. There's never been anything 
like them and we doubt whether there 
ever will be again. There's only one 
word for it — san-sattional ! Cameras, 
lights, microphones, sound mixers and 
sound, sound, sound. Poppa War- 
ner's gift to the bridal couple (among 
other things) was the complete cam- 
era and sound record of the wedding 
and our blessing to Doris and Mervy 
is that we hope it's a good "take." 
The highlight of the evening was Will 
Hays in a jovial mood leading the or- 
chestra. And one of the funniest 
things was a group of people who were 
drinking cock-eyed toasts to practi- 
cally everything in sight, among them 
Elder Hays' collar, and just as they 
were about to drink the toast Will 
Hays caught the gesture toward him, 
and thinki-ng it was something he 
ought not to overlook got up and took 
a bow. 

Gwen Heller was maid of honor and 
the flower girl was Lina Basquette's 
little daughter who's been living with 
her grandparents. Among the two 
f-undred and fifty invited guests were: 
The George O'Briens, Jack Pearl, 
Charles Einfeld, the Sam Morrises, 
Irving Asher, Chester Erskine. Ad 
Schulberg, the Ed Sullivans, Minna 
Wallis, Louis Shurr, the Jules Brula- 
tours, the Sam Saxes, the Adolph Zu- 
kors, the Eddie Cantors, Harry Goetz, 
the Herb Harrises, the Leon Schles- 
ingers, the Artie Stebbinses, the Al 
Lichtmans and omigosh, hundreds of 

Tallulah Bankhead is back from 
Georgia and looking really beautiful 
again. The gal's completely cured, 
recovered and the picture of health 
and reading a play a day to find the 
right one in which to reappear on 
the stage again. . . . This should pique 
the movie industry's interest. Alex- 
ander Kirkland is definitely not inter- 
ested in rr.aking pictures and doesn't 
expect to go to the coast again for 
that purpose. Ho, hum. . . . Donald 
Ogden Stewart claims he never even 
thought of that cute line that was 
spoken at the opening of "Jezebel." 
Well, whoever made it certainly gqt 
behind a good blind awful fast and 
then spread the good word. . . . Rep- 
ercussions from one of the New Year's 
West Indies cruises keep popping up. 
In fact, just ask Ben Atwell what kind 
of a time they all had aboard the Ma- 
jestic. Seems that thirteen hundred 
people were crowded into accommo- 
dations for eight hundred. Then the 
pipes on the boat froze. And then 
when they got to Nassau it was dis- 
covered that some big meanies who 
had wanted to take over the cruise in 
the first place and had been thwart- 
ed went and cornered the tender mar- 
ket so that the Majestic couldn't land 
anyone. And to add insult to injury 
everyone on the cruise had to pay a 
head tax In advance, and if they want 
that money back they have to go 
through a mess of formal red-tape. 
Some fun I 

Page Four 


Jan. 8. 1933 


Enlarge Studio and 
Exchange Players 

New York. — As a result of Irving 
Asher"s recent visit here, Warners 
have decided to expand their London 
production plant and take steps to 
make the company a leading factor 
in the English production field. 

Decision is a surprise in view of the 
fact that the London unit had been 
established for quota purposes and 
was never looked to as any great 
shucks. Harry and Jack Warner are 
said to have changed their attitude 
toward the Teddington studio after a 
glance at the studio statements which 
disclosed that pictures made there at 
costs of less than one-third the cost 
of Hollywood product have been gross- 
ing figures four times their negative 
price on the British market alone. 

It is understood that approximately 
$100,000 will be tossed into the Lon- 
don studio for improvements. At the 
same time Asher will be given en- 
larged budgets for his pictures and 
the chance to import Hollywood names 
for his casts. Intention also is to give 
the London-made films greater prom- 
inence on the United States market, 
practice heretofore being practically to 
disregard them. 

A schedule of 26 productions is set 
for the coming season. One group of 
four will bring together again in a 
co-starring bracket the team of Regi- 

Nofr Much Difference 

The title on the next Wheeler 
and Woolsey Radio picture is "Frat 
Heads" and not "Flat Heads" as er- 
roneously printed. Picture is being 
scripted by Ben Holmes and Eddie 
Kaufman and will start production 
about February I 5. 

raid Denny and Laura LaPlante. An- 
other group will star Esmond Knight, 
the current find of the year in Lon- 
don. Warners have placed him un- 
der a straight three year ticket and 
will bring him to Hollywood with the 
idea of giving him a build-up here 

Practice in London has been to 
make pictures on a catch-as-catch- 
can basis, similar to the Hollywood 
independent producers' methods where 
the money is short. Asher himself 
has pitched in and written original 
scripts to keep things humming, shoot- 
ing in a picture every two weeks. 
That, however, is a thing of the past, 
now that he has been given the okay 
to enlarge his staff, buy good outside 
stories, engage names and take time 
for preparation. 

Warners Talk fo Pascal 

Warners are talking turkey to Ern- 
est Pascal on a term writing deal. 
Writer is polishing off a novel while 
listening to a 26-week proposition 
which he is reluctant to accept. 

Hawks Sees Carole 
Lombard For Lead 

Howard Hawks left for New York 
last night for conferences with Ben 
Hecht and Charles MacArthur, with his 
mind made up for Carole Lombard to 
play the lead opposite John Barrymore 
in "Twentieth Century." 

After seeing the test the studio is 
satisfied with Lombard. The only 
thing holding up the decision is Harry 
Cohn's okay. Cohn, now in New York, 
will get together there with Hawks 
and reach a decision. 

If Miss Lombard gets this role it 
will not affect her next picture, "Son- 
ata," as the Barrymore picture does 
not start until February 9, by which 
time the other picture will be com- 

Goldberg Opens Office 

jerry Goldberg, son of the late indie 
sales chief, joe Goldberg, has opened 
a managers' office with jack Kenney 
and Harry Marks. Firm is located at 
9000 Sunset. 

Aben KancSel to N. Y. 

Aben Kandel, New York playwright, 
returned to the east by train Saturday. 
Kandel finished his assignment on the 
script of "American Scotland Yard" 
for Universal. 

Four Pic Deal At 
Para. For Flood 

Due to his work on "All of Me," 
Paramount immediately signed James 
Flood to a four picture deal, with the 
right to make outside pictures. 

Flood will direct "Little Miss Mark- 
er," the Sylvia Sidney picture, for the 
B. P. Schulberg unit, as his first as- 
signment on the new deal. The 
Schulberg-Feldman and Curney office 
made the deal. 

Adolph Zukor Chairman 
Famous Theatres Board 

New York. — Adolph Zukor will 
have his hands in Famous Theatres, 
the new organization formed to take 
over the old Publix Theatres. The 
board has elected Zukor as chairman. 

Other officers are Ralph Kohn, pres- 
ident; Frank Freeman, vice-president; 
Sam Dembow, Jr., treasurer. 

Estelle Taylor on Tour 

Estelle Taylor leaves next Tuesday 
for Denver for vaudeville work with 
Fanchon and Marco. Miss Taylor will 
appear a week there and a week in 
Salt Lake and may do ten weeks ad- 
ditional on the F. & M. circuit. 

Kober Back at MOM 

Arthur Kober finished the script of 
"Twentieth Century" for Columbia 
Saturday and returns to MGM today, 
his home lot. 

Offner joins Vidor 

Morton Offner has been signed by 
King Vidor as a production assistant. 


All S e r e e 11 Writers 


A meeting of all screen writers will be held by 


to elect the nominees of writers, for writer representives on — 

(a) The Code Authority 

(b) The Agents' Committee 

(c) The Committee of five pro- 
ducers and five writers on 
working conditions of writers. 

Writers' Club 
6700 Sunset Blvd. 


January 15, 1934 

at 8:30 P.M. 

The following are the qualifications for attendance and voting: 

ACTIVE MEMBERS of the Guild may attend and vote without 

present credentials to the CREDENTIALS COMMITTEE at the office 
of the Guild — Hollywood Center BIdg., Hollywood — before twelve 
o'clock (noon I January 15, 1934, showing that they have received 
screen credit as writers on a picture released in the United States 
within the eighteen months preceding the election. 

Voting may be in person, or by proxy, provided valid proxies are 
filed with the Credentials Committee within the same time limit. 











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Sensational Star of the Stage Hit, 'AUTUMN CROCUS/ and 





Directed by J. WALTER RUBEN 

He — an untamed man of the wilds.. She 
— the most beautiful 'goddess' of civiliz- 
ation.. It's the romantic thrill of the year 
..with heart-throbs and laughs.. when 
they meet! .. and struggle .. and love! 


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From a Novel by 

What man is 
not primitive 


Meet Algo . . a mole from 
another world . .untarnished 
by civilization . .whom we 
call primitive. .yet, respond- 
ing to the same human 
emotions that we do . . but 
more violently . . in hate., 
and in LOVE! 

EVERY studio fought to sign 
him . . there M UST be a reason! 
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Executive Producer . MERIAN C COOPER 
Associate Producer . . . Pandro S Berman 

Directed by J. Walter Ruben 

From the Novel by . . Ainsworlh Morgan 
Screen Play by . . . .Howard J. Green 

Ainsworth Morgan 
Technical Advisor, Capl. Frank E. Kleinschmidt 

Musical Director Max Steiner 

Art Directors Van Nest Polglase 

Al Herman 
Photographed by . . . Henry W. Gerrard 

Sound Recorder John Tribby 

Film Editor George Hively 




Sir Basil Henry Stephenson 

Michael J. Farrell MacDonald 

Eric Paget Walter Byron 

Tim Forrester Harvey 

Dr. Lott Ivan Simpson 

Capt. Swan Lumsden Hare 

Ouinana Steffi Duna 

Olaga Sarah Padden 

Knudson Christian Rub 

Natkusiak Emil Chautard 

Mrs. Natkusiak Gertrude Wise 

Jan. 8. 1934 

Page Nine 

ncing Lady' 
Big Hit in London 

London. — The Empire has just com- 
pleted two swell weeks with the 
Metro-Coldwyn-Mayer production of 
"Dancing Lady." "Christopher Bean" 
is in the house now. 

The business over the holiday was 
all right, but below general expecta- 

i tions. "Angel Turkey Time," "Aunt 

! Sally" (British pictures), "Voltaire," 
"Sitting Pretty" and "Henry the 

I Eighth" were the top draws. 

I The only new picture of the week 
is at the Empire. 

Para. Expfoiteers Shift 

New York. — Realionments in the 
Paramount exploitation force find 
Jimmy Ashcraft going to the Chicago 
territory, Ed Corcoran to Philadelphia, 
and Gerald Westergreen to Dallas. 

aving Grief 


(Continued from Page 1 • 

[ that the circuit has shelved too many 
' p'ctures, and is also seeking reduc- 
1 tions in too many spots in the per- 
centage arrangements. 

Paramount is also having trouble 
with one of the larger independents, 
the A. H. Schwartz circuit of twenty 
houses. The chain signed for "I'm No 
Angel" on a percentage arrangement 
but later canceled when Paramount 
insisted on preferred playing time. 
The indies have an agreement that 
they will not be forced by contract 
into preferred time for any distribu- 


Samuel Goldwyn-United Artists prod.; director, Frank Tuttle; writers, William 
Anthony ivlcCuire, Arthur Sheekman, Nat Perrin, George Oppenheimer, 

Rivoli Theatre 

News: This is Eddie Cantor's show from beginning to end. It has been photo- 
graphed lavishly, and set with considerable taste. Mr. Berkeley's dance 
patterns are less spectacular than usual, but have more of the real "Follies" 
essence. Mr. Tuttle has directed the picture with clarity and a literal 
rather than fanciful imagination. 

Times: Mr. Cantor dees as well as possible in his role and he is exceptionally 
good in the episodes in which he sings. Busby Berkeley is responsible for 
the costly numbers with the dancing gr's, 

Mirrcr: Eddie Cantor never has appeared in a more lavishly beautiful setting 
than that provided him by "Roman Scandals." It is as entertaining as 
any other picture Cantor has made, and far more lavish. His fans will 
enjoy it heartiy. 

Post: The film is elaborate, lavish, spectacular and sometimes very funny. But 
sometimes it is so elaborate that it isn't funny at all, and occasionally it 
gets all glutted up with plot so that you begin to wonder if the authors 
weren't trying to steal some of the thunder from the Goldwyn Girls and 
Mr. Cantor. 

World-Telegram:: It is vivid, pictorially beautiful production, with some tune- 
ful numbers and some eminently funny scenes imbedded in it. 

American: It is lavishly produced, handsomely invested, spectacular in its 
beauty and hilarious in its wit. Mr. Goldwyn again demonstrates his su- 
perior genius in creating this type of show. He is the Ziegfeld of Holly- 
wood. Besides some spectacular dance ensembles there are several songs 
which further enliven the occasion. "Roman Scandals" is exciting film 
fireworks all the way through. 

journal: This is Cantor's fourth annual screen musical and tops even his other 
picture efforts for lavishness of sets, decorative choruses and general mag- 
nificence of production. The musical numbers are done with much 

Sun: The film is full of beautiful girls, gorgeous sets, catchy tunes, gags and the 
energetic Mr. Cantor. It is first-rate holiday entertainment. It is hand- 
somely photographed and full of good-looking, tricky sets. 

Pumping Air Mames 
Into WB 'Hot Air" 

Warners are planning to bolster up 
the cast of the radio yarn now in 
production titled "Hot Air" and are 
negotiating with several big radio 
names to appear in this picture. 

The studio is negotiating with the 
four Mills brothers and Guy Lombardo 
and his band to make appearances in 
this picture. it is likely that the 
Mills brothers will be signed, but un- 
less Guy Lombardo agrees to meet the 
terms that Warners are offering the 
deal may fall through. 

Columbia Building Up 
Studio Publicity Staff 

Building up the publicity staff, Co- 
lumbia has signed Carter Ludlow, for- 
merly of the Examiner; Stanley Briggs, 
recently with the Eyepowell Photo- 
graphic Service, and Jack Hardy, last 
with the Associated Press, to handle 
special work in the publicity depart- 
ment. Hubert Voight is the publicity 
director for the plant. 

New Clover Club Show 

Gcn3 Austin opens at the Cover 
Club on Wednesday featuring Candy 
and Coco, two New Orleans boys 
whom Austin discovered during his 
recent road show in "Broadway Rhap- 
sody." They came direct from a Roxy 
engagement in New York. 

Lederer Pic at Music Hall 

New York — The Frances Lederer 
Radio picture, "Man of Two Worlds," 
opens at the Music Hall Thursday. 





Back To 


After A Loan -Out To 

Columbia Pictures 

To Adapt 


The Hecht and MacArthur Play 

Somebody's COT to welcome him back — 
and we're his agents. 

|sn. 8. 1933 

MCM Wheels Slow 
Up For January 

MCM IS slow to get under way 
with its new pictures after the holi- 
days with only two pictures and a pos- 
sible third to go into production this 
month The studio will put into work 
this rrionth the )oan Crawford picture, 
"Sadie McKee." which will be direct- 
ed by Clarence Brown under the su- 
pervision of David Selznick; the Mar- 
ion Davies picture, Operator 13, 
which Raoul Walsh will direct for the 
Walter Wanger unit, and the possible 
third picture m the next leanette 
MacDonald production. Duchess ot 
Delmonico." that is. if the script is 
ready before the first of February. 

The pictures now in production 
which are scheduled to be co-^PJeted 
within ten days are "Tarzan and "is 
Mate." "Men in White. Viva Villa 
and the Irving Thalberg production. 

•Rip Tide." starring Norma Shearer. 

•Sequoia" is going along on a sched- 
ule all its own. 

Cillstrom Starts Next 

Arvid Cillstrom puts the fifth com- 
edy of his series of six for Paramount 
release. "Get Along Little Dogie, in- 
to production Tuesday with Harry 
Langdon and Vernon Dent in the 
leads. Cillstrom will direct from the 
script by Vernon Dent, Dean Ward 
and lack Townley. 

Academy-Guild Fight 

(Continued from Page 1 ) 

yet been taken in connection with the 
committee organization. 

So the battle is on. 

Acting under instructions from 
Ralph Block, president in the absence 
of Howard Lawson, the Guild on Fri- 
day evening formed committees which 
are proceeding with the drawing up 
of nominations for the code body. 

Hearing the news Friday, the 
Academy dispatched a wire to Ad- 
ministrator Rosenblatt asking if the 
NRA had officially decided on any 
methods of nominations for the vari- 
ous workers' committees, and if so. 
what rules had been set. 

Rosenblatt's reply, received Satur- 
day, is as follows: 

"No nominations required for ap- 
pointment of standing committees on 
extras and freelance players. No 
method of nomination submitted or 
approved respecting members other 
standing committees under production 
sections of code required therein. Ad- 
ministrator has not undertaken to set 
up committees under Article 5. Part 4 
as yet. Ample notice will be given all 
organizations and method of nomina- 
tions will be communicated publicly 
in advance." 

When contacted by The Hollywood 
Reporter yesterday Ralph Block de- 
clined to amplify statements made at 
the Guild meeting by giving his au- 
thority for claiming Guild recognition 
and would make only this statement: 

"We are going ahead authoritative- 
ly in accordance with the code to set 
up the proper machinery for represen- 
tation of the writers." 

And that's the last from the firing 

Paul Kelly Argument at 
20th Settled Happily 

Negotiations between Paul Kelly 
and Twentieth Century for the release 
of the player from his long termer 
owing to his dissatisfaction with roles 
offered him on loan-out deals were 
quietly dropped Saturday when the 
company allowed Kelly to take the 
spot opposite Aline MacMahon in 
Warner's "Fur Coats." 

Kelly wanted the part and both 
Twentieth and Warners used the sit- 
uation to end their six months' feud, 
casting chiefs of the two organizations 
getting together to work out a series 
of trades to follow. William S. Gill 
was the medium through whom the 
Kelly loan was set. 

Morgan Maneuvers 
Release From Fox 

Three months of negotiations be- 
tween Ralph Morgan and Fox for the 
settlement of the player's long term 
ticket bore fruit Saturday when the 
company submitted to his demands for 
a release. Morgan objected to the 
numerous loan-out deals through 
which Fox has been carrying him. in- 
sisting that if he is to work for other 
studios he wishes to do so as a free- 

His first assignment as a free-lance 
player is in Columbia's "Men of To- 
morrow," the William Morris office 
setting him. The Borzage picture 
goes back into production for added 
scenes, making room for Morgan in 
the cast. 

Rivkin-Wolfson on 13' 

Walter Wanger has assigned Allen 
Rivkin and P. J. Wolfson to the script 
of "Operator 1 3," which goes into 
production in two weeks at MGM with 
Raoul Walsh directing. Marion Da- 
vies and Gary Cooper have the leads. 
Writers collaborate with Harvey Thew. 

New Exchange in N. Y. 

New York. — The New York Amity 
Exchange Inc. has been organized here 
by Ben Schwartz. Harry Horowitz and 
Sol H. Kravitz to distribute the old 
Tiffany and Quadruple pictures in this 

Lofner at Bev-Wilshire 

Carole Lofner, former partner of 
Phil Harris, is the surprise orchestra 
scheduled to bow at the Beverly-Wil- 
shire on Thursday evening. 






Singing His Own 

Original Versions of Popular Songs 

assisted by his 
Unusual Accompanists 


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for a limited engagement 




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Ian. 8, 1934 


Page Eleven 


Mystery Even Too 
Wild For Screen 


Play produced by the indomitable Eliz- 
abeth Miele at the Fulton Thea- 
tre; authored by Crane Wilbur 
and staged by him; settings by 
Philip Celb. Cast: Carleton 
Macy, Austin Fairman, Van 
Lowe, Lida McMillan, Mitchell 
Harris, Ann Mason, Grant Rich- 
ards, Katharine Locke, Richard 
Elwell, Mabel Kroman, Robert 
Williams, Guy Standing )r. and 
John Regan. 

New York. — Oh Mr. Wilbur, how 
could you! "Half Way to Hell" is a 
misnomer. It should have been called 
"All the Way to Hell" and back again. 
If these playwrights don't stop writ- 
ing expressly for the purpose of a 
I movie sale the legitimate theatre is 
due for a very bad season, despite the 
excellent start it made back in Sep- 
tember. There hasn't been a good, 
honest, edge-of-your-seat mystery 
melodrama all season and this play is 
about the last straw. 

Imagine the central character — an 
old, swashbuckling, intrepid, hard- 

i swearing sea captain, who is portrayed 
on his death bed in such physical con- 

; dition that his physician doesn't give 
him more than several hours to live — 
but who nevertheless is able to get 

So What? 

London. — The Sidney Bernstein 
circuit here has banned all news 
reels. Bernstein says the news sub- 
jects were growing "alarmingly 
monotonous" — and those that 
weren't were censored anyway un- 
til thev had no value. 

down off his sick bed, roam through 
his converted residence — a former 
lighthouse on a deserted island, mur- 
der two persons and almost succeed in 
his plan to dispose of six more char- 
acters! Piling it on rather thick, our 
author then introduces into the eerie 
and desolate atmosphere an escaped 
lunatic, a sinister Chinaman and a wax 
dummy of the old sea captain Brant, 
packed into a treasure chest — all in- 
tended to befuddle and becloud the 
interest of the audience in ascertain- 
ing what the pay is all about and who 
killed whom! 

For plot Mr. Wilbur sets forth the 
desire of Captain Brant to murder off 
all his living kin. 

Shutters clatter open, doors close 
mysteriously, arrows, spears and knives 
flash in the dark to find their human 
marks and accusations and cross ac- 
cusations, all done in an unskillful 
manner, contribute to a ridiculous eve- 
ning in the theatre. The captain ex- 
pires before he can complete his fiend- 
ish plans, and the play and audience 
with it. 

Nazi Crip Tightens 
On German Distribs 

Berlin. — Active interference in the 
distribution field has resulted from the 
Nazi formation of a central govern- 
ment office to supervise that branch 
of the business. 

The special bureau was created on 
the pretense that every picture shown 
here was destined for exhibition be- 
fore school classes, hence should be 
carefully inspected and stamped for 
fear of failing to live up to the prop- 
aganda demands of the administra- 
tion, latter desiring to constantly 
keep before the nation's children the 
fact that Nazism now reigns. 

Mono. Tags Joe Santley 

Monogram yesterday signed Joseph 
P. Santley to direct "The Loudspeak- 
er," a radio story, which will be Ray 
Walker's fourth vehicle for the com- 
pany. Picture is scheduled for pro- 
duction during the month. W. T. 
Lackey supervises 

Robinson Returns Suit 

Edward G. Robinson Saturday filed 
a cross suit for $1250 against Charles 
Feldman, who recently sued him for 
$1 1,000 for legal services. The actor 
claims that Feldman ceased practicing 
law before the end of a year for which 
he received a $5000 annual retainer. 

Code Helps Small Chap 

Washington. — Administrator Ros- 
enblatt was happy today over a set- 
tlement worked out in the New Or- 
leans territory under code rules by 
which smaller theatres will get a break 
from the big circuits, the claim having 
been that the big fellows were over- 
buying to kill competition. The cir- 
cuits have relinquished 206 features 
in favor of smaller competitors. 

Ayres in McCuire Play 

Universal yesterday set Lew Ayres 
in the top spot of the William An- 
thony McGuire original, "If I Were 
Rich." Roger Pryor has the second 
lead. Story is being scripted by Harry 
Sauber and Earle Snell. Edward Lud- 
wig directs. 

Caliente on the Air 

Agua Caliente's new broadcasting 
station, XEAC, goes on the air Sat- 
urday, marked at 820 kilocycles. The 
station plans an "international" type 
of program that will make listeners 
realize the treats they are missing at 

Discord in Indie Ranks 

New York. — Slight discord in the 
ranks of the Independent Theatre 
Owners of New York. The Springer- 
Cocalis circuit has been suspended for 
non-payment of dues. 

Before Midnight' in N.Y. 

New York. — Columbia's picture. 

"Before Midnight," makes its New 

York bow at the Mayfair Monday 









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National Trade Showing tomorrow of another 20th Century 


with FRANCHOT TONE, a brilliant romantic comedy with 

music, presented by Joseph M. Schenck, produced by 

Darryl F. Zanuck and directed by Sidney Lanfield. 

This Exhibitors' preview will be held in key cities 

throughout the country and is destined to 

duplicate the great success which attended the 

National Trade Showing of 20th Century's 

preceeding smash hit, "GALLANT LADY ". 


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•IF you don't think the big time ex- 
hibitors are hungry for real attrac- 
tions we wish you had been with us 
yesterday to see the stack of tele- 
grams that flooded Darryl Zanuck's 
desk as a result of the trade showings 
on "Gallant Lady." 

Not particularly because it was 
"Gallant Lady." It might have been 
any other picture. The interesting 
part to us was to see names like that 
of the hard-boiled showman, John 
Hamrick, at the bottom of telegrams 
to a producer. 

Yessir, boys, it looks as though 
they'll stand right up and kiss you 
these days — if you give them an at- 


It is interesting this season to no- 
tice the resurrection of the old trade 
show idea on which the business was 
founded. Of course, producers are 
only trade showing now when they 
KNOW they have the goods. But 
that's beside the point. If the test is 
going to be: "Will this picture we are 
making be big enough to stand trade 
showings before shell-backed exhibs?" 
— then maybe more pictures will be 
made to meet the test. 

And one thing is certain. If you've 
got the goods just now, use trade 
shows or any other means possible to 
let the exhibitors know it BEFORE 
they play the picture. 

Too many of the few good attrac- 
tions we are getting right now are 
ending their engagements before the 
exhibitor discovers what he has. 

In Zanuck's case on "Gallant Lady" 
there was a peculiar problem. As long 
as we can remember exhibitors have 
been told about each succeeding Hard- 
ing picture, "This time they found 
the secret again — it's another 'Holi- 
day'." And then the after-grief. 

The same condition exists on "Mou- 
lin Rouge," which is nationally trade 
shown today. How many build-ups 
exhibitors have taken on this star since 
her first big hits — with subsequent 

It was no mean problem for a chap 
with well over a million invested in 
two pieces of property. 

(Continued on Page 2) 

The Axe Swings 

Winnie Sheehan, apparently, is 
boss again. He has canned Fox's 
test department, leaving producers 
to make their own tests. Sheehan 
is just flexing his muscles. 

NRA Forbids Today's Election 
But I A TSE Will Go Ahead; 
Non-Union Group Is Fonning 

Events in the ranks of the sound men happened so rapidly yes- 
^ I I J' I J terday as to leave all concerned in a dizzy daze at midnight, with 

rOr Lloyd S LGdd outlying precincts still to be heard from. At last accounts there 

will be an election today at the Writers Club to decide something 

or other, but no one knows whether 

Una Merkel Choice 

Una Merkel grabs off a juicy plum 
as a result of a deal which Harold 
Lloyd has put through with MGM for 
the loan of the player to go into the 
spot opposite him in "Catspaw." 

Sam Taylor directs the picture, 
which gets a Fox release. 

Small-Universal Row 

Before Hays in N. Y. 

New York. — Harry M. Coetz, pres- 
ident of Reliance Pictures, brought up 
the Reliance peeve against Universal 
for using the title "Countess of Monte 
Cristo" to the Hays organization yes- 

The Hays office has set the hearing 
of the case before an arbitration board 
within ten days. 

'Wonder Bar' For Chinese 

Warner Brothers are already nego- 
tiating with Sid Crauman to open 
"Wonder Bar," starring Al Jolson, in 
the Chinese. Picture is still in the 
shooting stage. 

Arnow Back on Job 

Max Arnow, Warner casting head, 
returned to town yesterday after a 
three weeks' stay in New York. Was 
there looking over Broadway talent. 

the election means anything or not. 

The story has to be told chrono- 
logically to get it straight. 

A little over a week ago Campbell 
McCullough, secretary of the Los An- 
geles Regional Board, announced that 
an election would be held today and 
tomorrow at which sound men in the 
studios would be allowed to decide 
whether they wanted the lATSE or 
(Continued on Page 4) 

Mono. Boosts 1934 
List to Thirty-Six 

New York. — W. Ray Johnston an- 
nounced here today that Monogram 
would increase its year's schedule from 
twenty pictures to thirty-six, being 
alone among the national distributors 
to announce a tilt in lists this year. 

The announcement also stated that 
Monogram would concentrate on the 
features and include no shorts in this 
year's program. 

Col. Signs Pertwee 

New York. — Columbia has signed 
Roland Pertwee, well known English 
writer, and the scribe will sail for 
London in a few weeks. 


New York. — All reports finally 
come to a head — and yesterday J. R. 
McDonough, general manager of the 
RKO Corporation and president of Ra- 
dio City Theatres, confirmed the 
smouldering reports that Sam Rothafel 
had resigned frorn the Radio City 

The resignation, tendered last Sat- 
urday, is effective February 16. A set- 
tlement of the unexpired term of the 
contract has been reached. No change 
is contemplated in the policy of the 
houses. Leon Leonidoff will continue 
producing the stage shows. 

New Tag for Sothern 

On the strength of her first pic- 
ture, "Let's Fall in Love," which Felix 
Young produced for Columbia, the 
studio signed Ann Sothern to a new 
long term contract. The deal was 
handled by the Ivan Kahn agency. 

Ford Returns fo Fox 

Fox has assigned John Ford to di- 
rect "The World We Live In," a story 
by the Katek brothers, writers of "R. 
U. R." Winfield Sheehan produces 
when the picture starts in the near 

Para. Creditors Co 
To Supreme Court 

New York. — While the New York 
Court of Appeals chided Referee Da- 
vis of Paramount for undue haste In 
election of the Paramount trustees it 
decided against a petition of Para- 
mount creditors seeking to remove 
Trustees Hi lies and Richardson on the 
ground that the ability and integrity 
of the trustees was such they should 
not now be removed. 

Attorney Zirn, for the creditors, 
says he will carry the case to the 
United States Supreme Court alleging 
against the trustees "illegal election 
and disqualification through outside 

lie de France Loaded 

With Picture People 

New York. — Picture and theatrical 
arrivals on the lie de France today are 
headed by Harpo Marx, after Russian 
triumphs, and include Maurice Che- 
valier, Eric Charrell, Marcell Velle and 
Charles Boyer, of the French cinema, 
and Arma Abram Frankel, French 
film distributor. 

Del Rio-Gibbons Grounded 

Dolores Del Rio and Cedric Gibbons 
were forced to continue their journey 
to New York by train yesterday when 
their plane was forced down at Kan- 
sas City. Pair will arrive in New 
York today for a two weeks' vacation. 

Doran to Radio in N.Y. 

New York. — D. A. Doran has been 
signed by Radio to head its New York 
story office. He replaces Kay Brown. 
Doran formerly held the same spot in 
the Fox organization. 

Harry Warner Sails West 

New York. — Harry Warner is on 
his way to Hollywood, leaving here by 
boat for the Canal trip Saturday. 




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Page Two 


Jan. 9. 1934 

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A dictograph record will figure 
largely on Rudy Vallee's side when 
the case comes up. . . . Fay Webb 
rnade a "record" for Rudy, they tell 

us, but didn't know about it 

Every five minutes you hear a new 
"post-mortem" on the Sidney Fox- 
Charlie Beahan bust-up . . . and they 
get more and more melo-dramatic. 
But look at the "production values" — 
There was the deluge, the big chase, 
the big accusations, the sprained an- 
kle, the burned clothes, the moving 
put, the hunt (with gun) and the 
general calming down after some gen- 
tle persuasion by the local gendarmes 
— IF you can believe all you hear! 

Lew Brown lost a week's salary (a 
fortune, to you!) at a gaming spot 
Sunday night — but got it back before 
■his heart stopped beating entirely! . . 
Nan Howard is giving ze beeg lunch- 
eon for Joan Bennett at the newly- 
redecorated Brentwood mansion Fri- 
day. . . . Audrey Henderson Suther- 
land arrived in Hollywood over the 
week-end. . . . Jack Cosman got off 
the same train — and thereby hangs a 
tale! . . . Was it envy, jealousy or 
spite that caused Steffie Duna's role 
in "Man of Two Worlds" to be cut 
to shreds? We hear everything was 
just fine for her until Francis Lederer 
saw the picture! . . . Alex Aarons is 
thinking of going back to Broadway 
to produce a show any minute. . . . 
Therfe is a big ope at the Hearst 
Zoo (at the Ranch) that reminds 
everybody who sees him of a famous 
producer — especially when he's eat- 
ing. . . . The boys at the Radio stu- 
dio (and the girls, too) are wonder- 
ing if there really is a Merian C. 
Cooper — he didn't come back yester- 
day, either — and everyone KNEW he 
would! . . . Bing Crosby now owns 
ten thousand acres of land and expects 
to sell lots of lots. . . . The Norman 
Taurogs, Barbara Barondess, the Gene 
Markeys, Lupe and johnny Weissmull- 
er and many more at the Beverly Wil- 
shire Sunday night — ALL of whom 
would like to know WHY they keep 
that room so dark. . . . Sari Maritza 
arrived back in Hollywood last night. 

Nominations Made 
To NRA Committee 

With the dust settling on the 
Academy and the Writers Guild bat- 
tle it appears that Administrator Ro- 
senblatt has said to the boys, "Go 
ahead and make nominations if you 
want to, boys. It's perfectly proper. 
But, of course, when you get through 
we will hear from other groups." 

So the Writers Guild proceeded 
with nominations last night, and on 

next Monday night all writers with 
credentials as to work on the screen 
will have an opportunity to vote on 
them at the Writers Cluh. Or to make 
their own nominations from the floor 
if they care to. 

Announcing their plans to continue 
with the election despite the chal- 
lenge on authority given by the Acad- 
emy, the Guild issued the following 
wire from Rosenblatt: 

Nominations to be made by any 
group of authors and writers do not 
of themselves set up standing com- 
mittees nor are such nominations sure 
of final selection. Nominations are 
accepted at that time if made by a 
representative group. The calling by 
an association of a meeting of all 
qualified members and non-members 
of a class for the nominations of rep- 
resentatives is entirely proper and we 
have no objection to the same; but 
in receiving all such nominations it is 
understood that we will, as a matter 
of policy, give due notice to other 
groups before closing nominations." 

Appended to this was a statement 
from the Guild executive board as fol- 

The executive board of the Screen 
Writers Guild, in commenting on Ro- 
senblatt's wire, pointed out that in 
view of the fact that the Guild rep- 
resents more than 90 percent of all 
the screen writers in Hollywood, the 
telegram gave final authority to the 
general election called by the Guild. 
"The conditions of the election to 
be held by the Guild," stated the ex- 
ecutive board, "are such as to give 
full representation and voting power 
to all qualified screen writers, regard- 
less of whether they are members of 
th Screen Writers Guild or not. In 
this connection the executive board in- 
vites non-members who have had 
screen writing credits on American- 
released pictures during the last 18 
months not only to present their own 
slate for election, but also to make 
nominations from the floor." 

The nominations to be voted on 
next Monday were as follows: 

For the Code Authority: John How- 
ard Lawson. 

For the Agency Committee: Ernest 
Pascal and Wells Root. 

For the Five and Five Committee, 
to be composed half of screen writers 
and half of producers: Oliver H. P. 
Garrett, Rupert Hughes, Ralph J. 
Block, John Natteford, Seton 1. Miller, 
Gladys Lehman, Samuel K. Ornitz, 
John Emerson, Courtehay Terrett, 
James Gleason, Dudley Nichols and 
Raymond Schrock. 

Open to All 

The Screen Writers Guild is 
anxious to add the following to its 
announcement yesterday regarding 
nominations for code committees: 
"In addition to nominations from 
the Guild, every opportunity will be 
given to non-Guild members to 
make further nominations from the 
floor." January 1 5 is the date of 
the meeting at the Writers' Cub. 

Silvers Signed To Do 

Col.'s Musical Chores 

Lou Silvers has been signed by Co- 
lumbia as musical director for the stu- 
dio. Silvers will handle the score on 
"Men of Tomorrow," which will fin- 
ish a week of added scenes next 
Thursday with Frank Borzage direct- 


(Continued from Page I ) 

No adjectives or smooth tongues 
could be counted on. They'd all been 
used before. 

So Zanuck threw his cards on the 
table face up — and called for a show- 
down on the screen. 

Good showmanship. 

You'll see more of it, this season 
and next, when producers KNOW they 
have something. 

And Set For Boston 

Chicago. — Mary Pickford has hit 
the bell here at the Balaban and Katz 
ace house, the Chicago, with a ven- 
geance. She has lines outside from 
early until late. 

As a result Miss Pickford is now 
booked to continue the personal ap- 
pearance tour she started at the Para- 
mount in New York, with a booking 
at the Metropolitan in Boston set for 
the week of January 19, and a Phil- 
adelphia engagement in the wind. 

Mary is drawing down $12,000 
here for the week's work, plus a per- 
centage that is going to be healthy 
with the business. 

'Family Man' Up Again 

Radio has again placed the Salisbury 
Field yarn "Family Man" back on its 
schedule and Clive Brook will have 
the top spot. The picture is sched- 
uled to go into production on Feb- 
ruary 1 5. No director has been as- 
signed yet. 

Remake 'Witching Hour* 

New York. — Paramount is closing 
a deal through the American Play 
Company for the talkie rights to "The 
Witching Hour," the Augustus Thom- 
as play which they made once in a 
silent picture. 



Do Yoa Realize 

that you must provide today for the comforts 
of tomorrow. To do this you should adopt a 
policy of placing a definite amount of your 
income in sound investments. 

High grade Municipal bonds for years have 
been the choice of conservative investors who 
require safety of principal, together with a de- 
pendable income. They have stood the test of 
the past three years, and those fortunate 
enough to have placed their funds in such se- 
curities find themselves today with their in- 
vestments unimpaired. 

Are you following the same policy? 




THiNiTY 5035 

Vjan. 9, 1934 

Page Three 


Leonard Only Aided 
On 'Rip Tide* Scene 

Cast and Director 
Buried in Gloom 


Directed by Michael Curtiz 

Story by Paul Hervey Fox 

Adaptation by Austin Parker 

and Charles Kenyon 

Photography by Tony Caudio 

Cast: Kay Francis, Ricardo Cortez, 
Warner Oland, Lyie Talbot, Ruth 
Donnelly, Lucien Littlefield, Reg- 
inald Owen, David Torrence and 
Haliiwell Hobbes. 
An unhappy and bewildered audi- 
ence greeted Warners' "Mandalay" at 
its preview with a complete and dis- 
approving silence. Not a handclap 
broke through the gloom. 

There were two reasons. One is 
that Kay Francis is afflicted with a 
part in which she should never have 
appeared. The Francis fans — and they 
are legion — are not going to appre- 
ciate seeing their favorite in a role so 
far beneath her and so foreign to her 
usual good taste on the screen. In 
addition, she is handicapped by a hair- 
dress that is weirdly unbecoming. 

The second reason is this: If the 
screen is as powerful propaganda as is 
popularly supposed, the picture is 
dangerous. Or it would be if it weren't 
so dull. It suggests that murder can 
be gotten away with rather simply 
and that it is justifiable. In fact. 
Miss Francis' last line, which she 
speaks to LyIe Talbot, is: "He won't 
come back . . . because I killed him." 
And they both walk on, smiling se- 

Cortez is the villain who trades Miss 
Francis to Warner Oland for a carload 
of guns. This swapping of "arms" 
naturally peeves Miss Francis, but it 
peeves her so far that she determines 
to USE men after this — and not 
love them. But along comes LyIe 
Talbot, a drunken doctor who has to 
be saved from himself. She does a 
pretty good job of it until Cortez re- 
appears, and for a while things look 
tough with her trying to choose be- 
tween the two men. But she finally 
poisons Cortez and settles the matter. 

The one bright spot in the film is 
Miss Francis' singing of a good, catchy 
song. She, aided by Cortez and Tal- 
bot, evidently tried very hard to 
breathe some life into this old war- 
horse, but they ran out of breath. 
Michael Curtiz struggled nobly with 
direction. Austin Parker and Charles 
Kenyon adapted the Paul Hervey Fox 
story. Tony Caudio photographed, 
and did it well. 

Of course, you'll get the Francis 
fans in to see this picture, but they'll 
be wary the rest of their lives. It's 
only a lemon, with the juice squeezed 
out of it, leaving a lot of rind but no 

Mono. Men Return Home 

Nat L. Lefton and jack Jossey, 
Monogram exchange managers from 
Ohio, leave today by train on their re- 
turn to Cleveland. Men were guests 
of Trem Carr over the holidays. 

Anybody's job 

Howard Estabrook, who is writ- 
ing the screen play of "Green 
Cold," a banana story, received a 
letter from a gold mining expert 
that wants to be the technical ad- 
viser on ths picture. Yeah, and 
how's about "Colddiggers of 1934" 

Fox Buys Charlie 
Chan Yarn from 'U* 

Despite the death of Earl Derr Big- 
gers several months ago, Fox is plan- 
ning on continuing the Charlie Chan 
series of mystery features. 

Sol Wurtzel has acquired owner- 
ship of "The Chinese Parrott" and 
lists it on his production slate with 
Warner Oland, who played the Chan 
character in foregoing productions, 
once more up for the spot. Universal 
made it as a silent with Paul Muni 
directing. Seton I. Miller has been 
offered the job of adapting it to the 


The Hollywood Reporter. 

I am in receipt of a 'etter from the 
head of a boys' orphanage way down 
south in Bay St. Louis, Miss., who is 
desirous of getting some old prints of 
pictures (silent) which he can project 
for the inmates. 

It is a very pathetic letter and tells 
of the very small allowance they have 
even for food and of nothing which is 
allowed them in the nature of enter- 
tainment. He goes on to say that they 
have ? silent projector and are willing 
to pay the transportation charges there 
and back for any prints of old pictures 
which anyone might be willing to 
send to them. 

Do you think there is any way that 
you might be able to help? 
Very truly yours, 
Address 6260 Romaine St. 

The Hollwood Reporter: 

Unfortunately, the otherwise very 
creditable report in The Hollywood 
Reporter of the meeting of the Screen 
Writers' Guild at the Writers' Club 
on January 4, 1934, contained one im- 
portant mis-statement of facts. The 
story stated that the retiring members 
of the Executive Board, Messrs. Mee- 
han, Creelman and Mankiewicz "with- 
drew owing to their failure to take an 
active part in the organization's busi- 
ness." On the contrary, Mr. Meehan 
withdrew because of added pressure 
of business affairs as a writer-pro- 
ducer at MGM.; Mr. Creelman be- 
cause of his indefinite stay in New 
York and Mr. Mankiewicz because of 
his departure for the East. 

I will appreciate it if you will cor- 
rect these facts in your column. 
Yours very truly, 

Chairman, Executive Board 
The Screen Writers' Guild. 

The story in The Reporter that 
Robert Leonard was directing scenes 
on "Rip Tide" for Irving Thalberg 
was right in part, but wrong in giv- 
ing the impression that he had taken 
over the reins from Edmund Gould- 
ing. In connection with the item, 
Irving Thalberg yesterday issued the 
following statement: 

"The report is entirely untrue and 
without any foundation of fact. 

"Mr. Goulding is not only the di- 
rector of this production but is writ- 
ing the story as well. 

"As has been my custom many 
times in the past, and in a spirit of 
complete cooperation with directors 
and writers, Eddie and I asked Bob 
Leonard last week to direct one short 
sequence of 'Rip Tide' which would 
give Mr. Goulding and myself a little 
extra time to work out important 
phases of the story. In the same spirit 
of cooperation Bob kindly consented to 
shoot this one sequence. 

"Mr. Goulding is the director of 
'Rip Tide' and will continue as such." 

Elder Faversham Talks 

Deal at- Universal 

William Faversham, one-time star 
during the days before pictures found 
their tongues, is due for a return trip. 
The noted Broadway player, here vis- 
iting his son Phillip, is discussing 
terms on a deal which Universal is of- 
fering him for the spot of Lord High 
Chancellor in "Elizabeth and Mary," 
the Lowell Sherman picture. Dave 
Todd is representing him, 

Mary Carlisle to N. Y. 

Mary Carlisle leaves shortly for 
New York to open a month of per- 
sonal appearances in the east on Jan- 
uary 24, She will appear with Anna 
Q. Nillson in a skit. On her return 
to MGM she goes into "High School" 
and "Stealing Through Life." 

Phil Holmes in BIP Pic 

Cables from Phillip Holmes indicate 
he will go into a British International 
picture about January 15, with plans 
to get back to New York for a Thea- 
tre Guild play if the picure finishes 
in time. 

MGM Considers Crooner 

Lief Erickson, recently a featured 
crooner with Ted Fiorita, is being ser- 
iously discussed by MGM for the male 
lead in Joan Crawford's next, "Sadie 

Garrett Gags 'Frat Heads' 

Grant Garrett has been signed by 
Radio to write gags for the next 
Wheeler and Woolsey picture, "Frat 
Heads," which Mark Sandrich will di- 

Miskell Coming to FWC 

New York. — William Miskell, who 
was formerly with the Paramount 
Theatre in (Dmaha, has left for the 
coast to join the Fox West Coast 


Of course, there are some proprie- 
ties that must be observed, but just 
listen to this for a way of getting 
around one. Recently there was the 
death of a very near and dear rela- 
tive in the family of the head execu- 
tive of a motion picture company. It 
was understood that on the day of the 
funeral the company would be closed 
for a couple of hours as a mark of 
respect. The day before the funeral 
services the following notice was sent 
around to all the employees: "We do 
not want our employees to work be- 
tween the hours of one and two to- 
morrow, therefore we suggest they 
take their LUNCH HOUR at that 

The AMPA had another of those 
very interesting luncheons this week, 
this time presided over by Lou Gold- 
berg of Columbia Pictures, who had 
specially arranged for a number of 
newspaper publishers to be present so 
that they might hear the advertising 
man's side of the moral code of the 
picture industry. This was to have 
been handled by Hector Fuller, an old 
newspaper man himself, and better 
known as a public relations counsel. 
Mr. Fuller did speak — but from the 
wrong side of the fence. His remarks 
were startling by reason of the fact 
that he neither defended nor explained 
the advertising man's position and 
rather remarkable for a number of 
platitudes and much flag-waving that 
said exactly nothing and exhibited a 
particularly narrow range of thought. 
We are afraid that if pictures do what 
he asks they will have to go three 
steps back for every step forward and 
never get out of the rut made by the 
commonplace. It seems to us that 
it's about time that pictures attempt- 
ed to start something, rather than to 
cover things up, for the common good 
of the producers and the public. And 
Mr, Fuller certainly did not advocate 
any as sensible as that. Rather he 
suggested the ear of "Way Down 
East" and other such completely ele- 
vating drammers. And this is over 
and beyond any question of mere 
morals. . . . Bernard Ridder of the 
Staats Zeitung gave a short talk on 
the subject of Hitler and took the 
opportunity to thank everyone for the 
marvelous cooperation he has received 
from all over the country on his stand 
against that menace. 

Marjorie Goulding has been a very 
sick gal indeed for the past few 
weeks, so sick that everyone is ter- 
ribly worried and hoping for that mir- 
acle of the best. She's lonesome, too, 
so send the gal as many words of good 
cheer as you think of in the course of 
a day, and then add ten more for 
good luck. To the Waldorf-Astoria, 
in case you didn't know. . . . Dorothy 
Parker is in rare form again, and the 
other night, just before Coward sailed 
for home, she strolled into a party at 
his place and said, "Let's all go down 
to see 'The Lake.' Let's go see Kath- 
arine Hepburn run the gamut from a 
to B!" 

Page Four 


Jan. 9, 1934 


Anti-Union Workers 
Also Plan To Vote 

(Continued from Page 1 ) 

the IBEW to represent them on code 


So for a week the wheels were 

greased with an election in view. 
Yesterday the news must have 

reached Washington concerning the 
election. (Some union men assert that 
the fine Italian hand of Pat Casey 
must have filed a telegrarn.) At any 
rate Secretary McCullough received a 
wire from Senator Wagner, chairman 
of the National Labor Board, which 
expressly forbids the election. 

"Such an election," said the Sena- 
tor's wire in substance, "is nothing 
else but the settlement of a jurisdic- 
tional dispute. This question was set- 
tled by the National Labor Board by 
agreement last August. There is no 
occasion for calling an election and 
thus reopening the entire question. 

"It was the intention of the Na- 
tional Labor Board to close the whole 
case in accordance with the terms of 
the original decision last Summer. 

Happy Birthday! 

Yesterday, January 8, was the 
fourteenth birthday of the Ameri- 
can Society of Cinematographers. 
In view of current conditions it 
looks as though the organization is 
entering its most important year at 
the age of fourteen. 


When you strip those words down 
they mean two things, first, that the 
National Labor Board will not pay any 
attention to any local election by sound 
men; second, that the IBEW is of- 
ficially recognized as the representa- 
tive of the sound men in dealings 
with producers. 

Which left the IBEW happy, and 
the lATSE going ahead regardless last 
night with plans for today's election. 

After you have digested that situ- 
ation, prepare for the new element. 

With Kenneth B. Lambert, of the 
MGM sound department, acting as 
spokesman, a large group of sound 
men yesterday announced that they 
were out for complete freedom from 
unions, and recognition as craftsmen 
without union entanglements. 

Their statement said: 

"The election to determine the rep- 
resentation of studio sound workers 
under the NRA code may result in a 

IBEW Stands Pat on 
Past Recognition 

new non-union organization having 
the say. 

"Several strong anti-union groups 
from the various studios are affiliat- 
ing to form an independent organi- 
zation. NRA officials have indicated 
that such a choice may be marked on 
the ballot — that we are not confined 
to choosing between the IBEW and 
the lATSE. 

"Union affiliation does not satisfy 
the professional character of the sound 
The ASC is a non-professional society 
composed of outstanding cameramen 
in the industry." 

That's a bombshell that makes its 
own noise without interpretation. 

In explaining his reasons for the 
lATSE proceeding with the election 
today and tomorrow Harold Smith of 
lATSE Local 695 said: 

"While we should have preferred 
to have had the Los Angeles Regional 
Labor Board supervise the balloting 
such supervision is not necessary. This 
claim is based on a telegram sent by 
Robert F. Wagner on October 5, 1933, 
to Campbell McCullough of the local 
board, interpreting this point in the 

Building Entertainment 
For Screen Actors' Ball 

Stars are continuing to be added to 
the entertainment plans for the Screen 
Actors' Ball at the Biltmore on Sat- 
urday evening. In addition to Rudy 
Vallee as master of ceremonies the 
list now includes Jimmy Durante, Dick 
Powell, Jeanette MacDonald and Pert 
Kelton with more to be added. In ad- 
dition, Eddie Cantor will be heard over 
a telephonic loud speaker hook-up. 

Osterman For 2-Reelers 

E. H. Allen is negotiating with jack 
Osterman to make a series of two- 
reelers for Educational. The deal is 
expected to be closed today and the 
first of the two-reelers will get under 
way within two weeks. 

National Recovery Act. This wire 
reads in part as follows: 

" 'It requires them (the employers) 
to deal with duly authorized repre- 
sentatives of their employees chosen 
by employees through representatives 
of employees' own choosing. If there 
is dispute as to who properly repre- 
sents the employees election by secret 
ballot should be held under supervision 
of an impartial person who has the 
confidence of both parties. After such 
an election employers must deal with 
such representatives and make the 
agreements with them covering rela- 
tions of employer and employee.' 

"We shall hold the election," said 
Smith, "under the supervision of sev- 
eral well known clergymen or other 
persons of similar probity and expect 
the producers to abide by the re- 

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in his first picture, "PALOOKA," produced by Edward Sma 
for United Artists, received the following notices 


ural born actor. He has a hard 
part in this film and he gets 
away with it brilliantly." 


"actual ring scenes have a valid 

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Page Five 



Great Vehicle For 
Brady or Boland 


Dwight Deere Wiman presents "Oli- 
ver Oliver," by Paul Osborn; 
staged by Auriol Lee; settings by 
Raymond Sovey; at the Play- 
house. With Ann Andrews, Al- 
exandra Carlisle, Thomas Chal- 
mers, Hugh Rennie, Helen 
Brooks, Bretaigne Windust. 
New York. — Dwight Wiman gets 
the palm this year for being not only 
the most prolific producer of the sea- 
son but as the best picker of the lot 
since three out of four of his offer- 
ings have the definite stamp of suc- 
cess on them. The second of this 
week's offerings by Mr. Wiman turns 
out to be a mad picnic for the Mes- 
dames Andrews and Carlisle written 
by that same Paul Osborn who turned 
out the "Vinegar Tree." And it is a 
vehicle that will probably have MGM / 
and Paramount bidding themselves in- 
to a hoarse whisper because the for- 
mer must have material for Alice 
Brady and the latter really owes it to 
Mary Boland to buy her this one since 
they slipped up on the one she orig- 
inally created. P.S. — We hope Bo- 
land gets it. 

Mr. Osborn again lightly and devas- 
tatingly wields his pen to bring out 
another portrait of a slightly silly, 
completely amusing woman, this time 
one who is seeking to mend her for- 
tunes through the profitable marriage 
of her son to an heiress. And the 
setting for this is a week-end party 
m the country. Now the son and the 
heiress are really in love but the son 
is a graceful waster who won't work 
and the girl seems to feel her husband 
should be able to protect her, just in 
case, so the gal has meanwhile sorta 
promised to marry another boy whom 
she unceremoniously brings along to 
the house-party. The gal's mother 
comes along too and that lady is an 
acid-tongued, slightly dense person 
given to practical statements and 
questions. The son, however, has 
plans of his own, which eventually 
marry his mother off to the richest 
man in Ohio and since that marriage 
makes him the son of a rich man and 
since that man has dissuaded him from 
wasting his particular gifts on hard 
work, the son proposes to the heiress 
and she takes him. 

The plot is paper thin but some- 
thing to be worked on, and with the 
exception of the fine drawing of the 
two women characters and the small 
part of the Ohioan, Mr. Osborn didn't 
trouble much over clarifying the oth- 
ers. This may be in great part due to 
the fact that Bretaigne Windust is 
again listed as an actor for this play 
and has the part of the son. Mr. Win- 
dust just isn't an actor and his part 
has at least twice the laughs in it that 
Ine is capable of having you believe 
because as Jack Cohn once said of an 
actress, (who should be nameless,) 
"comedy is as lead in her dainty 
hands." However, with that stumbling 
block removed, it remains for us to 
sing the praises of Ann Andrews and 
Alexandra Carlisle, both of whom 

No Deal 

MCM phoned Warners yesterday 
and placed a bid for the loan of 
the sheep the latter studio is using 
in "Merry Wives of Reno" for its 
production of "Sequoia." 

The deal went cold as Warners 
have another week's work for th^ 
sheep in the picture. Besides they 
are handy insomnia cures, an aid in 

Bickford Plans Pic 
Made in Russia 

Charles Bickford has purchased the 
screen rights to the Russian novel 
"Immigration," by Herman Schwartz- 
berger, and plans to produce this pic- 
ture in Russia in June. Bickford will 
also play the starring role in addi- 
tion to producing the picture. 

The French publishers of the book 
have agreed to withhold it from the 
bookstands until September, at which 
time the picture will be ready for re- 

Bickford has obtained financing 
from an English film concern for this 

Setting Roadshow Dates 
For 'Queen Christina' 

New York. — Roadshow dates are 
being set up around the country for 
"Queen Christina," which MCM ex- 
pects to be one of the biggest of the 

The picture will open in Pittsburgh 
at the Nixon on January 15; in Cleve- 
land at the Ohio, January 22; and the 
Majestic in Boston on the same date. 

N.V.A. News Suspends 

New York. — The N. V. A. News, 
issued weekly, has suspended publica- 
tion until February 2, at which time 
it will have a new dress and the sub- 
scription price will be $2 a year and 
5c per issue. Heretofore it was dis- 
tributed free to members, and this is 
being done to meet the publication's 

HeHinger Sues U' 

New York. — Mark HeHinger has 
entered a suit against Universal and 
Rowland and Brice jointly for $500, 
alleging breach of contract in not ac- 
cepting stories for the Walter Win- 
chell shorts after he delivered the first 
one entitled "I Know Everybody's 

are grand actresses and who stage a 
two-ring circus all their own. Miss 
Carlisle's matter-of-fact statements 
making a perfect foil for Miss An- 
drews' ridiculous effusions and impo- 
lite drawing room manner. Hugh Ren- 
nie is uncomfortably cast, as the other 
suitor, because his physical make-up 
screams aloud for him to play only 
nasty young men. Helen Brooks is the 
heiress. AND Thomas Chalmers is the 
richest man in Ohio, and what a joy 
he makes of the part— not a word of 
dialogue gets past him without its due 
mea-<:ure of correct delivery. And there 
are very few lines that Osborn has 
written that don't deserve it. 

Might Be Better For 
Screen Than As Play 


ight Deere Wiman presents "The 
Wooden Slipper," by Samson 
Raphaelson; staged by the au- 
thor; settings by Raymond Sovey; 
at the Ritz Theatre. With Doro- 
thy Hall, Ross Alexander, Cissy 
Loftus, Montagu Love, Ruth Alt- 
man, Alice Reinhart, Paul Cuil- 
foyle, John Halloran. 
New York. — Listed as a romantic 
comedy, this play by its lack of deter- 
mination to be one thing or the other 
and through the unevenness of its 
tempo and moods, turns out to be a 
whatnot that sounds as though it were 
a poor translation. Either it should 
have been high comedy throughout or 
they should have added a few songs 
and dances, and if pictures would be 
willing to do either they could have 
themselves a good vehicle for a couple 
of stars and a grand comedy part in 
the supporting cast. 

Dorothy Hall as Julie Zigurny is the 
one member of a family long famous 
in the theatre, in whom acting is no 
talent. Before this is definitely es- 
tablished in the last act, the gal is a 
plain little nobody who runs away 
from home when the boy she thought 
she was going to marry throws her 
over for her more gorgeous and glam- 
orous sister. Julie meets up with a 
chef, who is an artist in his line, and 
whose wife has just left him. The 
chef gives her a job- in his kitchen. 
Result, they fall in love, BUT Julie's 
family catches up with her and in a 
typical first act musical comedy cur- 
tain the young lovers part. They are 
reunited, however, when Julie is a mis- 
erable failure as an actress and the 
chef comes back into her life as the 
proprietor of a large restaurant in 
Paris and offers her the job of being 
his cashier for life. 

Ross Alexander is simply a joy in 
the role of the chef, and by compari- 
son with the rest of the company and 
the lines given them it's a little hard 
to figure out whether he had all the 
best lines to say or whether he really 
managed to say them better than the 
rest. Paul Cuilfoyle as the rich lover, 
who woos Julie back home with the 
promise of making her a star, works 
hard to catch up with the mustache 
and goatee they pasted on him, but 
somehow they manage to keep just a 
little ahead because his sense of com- 
edy doesn't meet the physical require- 
ments of the part. Cissy Loftus is 
grand — whenever she's around, which 
just isn't long enough. And Alice 
Reinhart shows up in the first act of 
this one again and we really could 
wish that some day real soon now 
that gal gets a chance to go right 
through a play. 

Samson Raphaelson has directed his 
own play all by himself, so he can't 
complain. In both the writing and 
directing there are generous hints of 
what the play might have been. Es- 
pecially in the two delightful scenes in 
a railway compartment. Mr. Raphael- 
son seems to do his best work in close 

Lou Metzger Sells 
Foy Picture Abroad 

New York. — Lou Metzger, San 
Diego exhibitor and former Universal 
sales executive, is going to continue 
an exhibitor but still get a taste of 
the old selling. 

Metzger announces here that he 
plans to sail for Europe next month 
to handle foreign sales on Bryan Foy's 
"Elysia." He has just been to Can- 
ada, plans a jaunt to Mexico City, 
then a few days at the theatre in San 
Diego and following that the Euro- 
pean trip. 

Nice Boys, Those Warners 

Warners and Ricardo Cortez are 
"even Stephen." Player postponed his 
wedding owing to production demands 
of the company. Now Warners have 
postponed the start of'Hit Me Again," 
slated to start today, pushing it to 
Saturday to accommodate "Ric." Cor- 
tez and Joan Blondell get top billing. 

Pitts-Sale on Air 

Zasu Pitts and Virginia Sale have 
been engaged for the Fleischmann 
Hour, Thursday, featuring Rudy Val- 
lee. Al Kingston set Miss Sale. 

Hollywood Headquarters for 


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$2. so up. Single 
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Special weekly and monthly rates 

The Plaza is near every- 
thing to see and do in 
Hollywood. Ideal for bus- 
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Every room has private 
dressing room, bath and 
shower. Beds "built for 
rest." Every modern con- 
venience. Fine foods at 
reasonable prices. Conven- 
ient parking for your car. 

Chas. Dattziger, Mgr. 
Eugene Stern, Pres. 

Th« "Doorway of Hospitality" 
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Jan. 9, 1934 



Lloyd Hughes Seen 
In Late N. Y. Play 


Produced by James Cameron; authors, 
C. H. McCall and Bouvet de Lo- 
zier; directed by James Camer- 
on; setting by Cleon Throckmor- 
ton; at the Mansfield Theatre. 
Cast: Ara Gerald, Joan Blair, 
Lloyd Hughes, Frank M. Thomas 
and Eve Casanova. 
New York. — This is the first play 
to put most of its cast on the back 
walls of the theatre instead of on the 
stage. With only five flesh and blood 
thespians performing behind the foot- 
lights, they had to compete with at 
least a dozen other unseen characters 
mentioned in the play, who are cari- 
catured in brush and ink in the art 
exhibit in back of the orchestra sec- 
tion. Whether it was economy in 
production, the unnecessariness of 
their speaking lines or an exploitation 
tie-up with the play itself can only be 
conjectured at. 

Suffice it to say that whatever the 
purpose it hardly helped to stimulate 
the audience's interest in the slight 
and innocuous story. Described as 
comedy drama, it wasn't much fun 
and certainly undramatic. Mado Glen- 
don, a writer, and her bosom crony, 
Merle Cavendish, a widow, maintain 
an apartment together. Merle, who 
is comfortably fixed, having been left 

Checkbooks Ready! 

Armed with baseball bats a com- 
mittee of the Screen Actors Guild 
will invade the studio lunchrooms 
today to pull the wind-up on sales 
of tickets for the ball Saturday 
night. Jimmy Cagney, Robert 
Montgomery, Boris Karloff, Chester 
Morris and Mary Astor are the 

about a million dollars' worth of se- 
curities, has been the recipient of 
Dick Webster's love, without the 
blessing of the marriage tie. You see, 
Webster has a wife in Dallas who 
won't divorce him. Merle, after quite 
a few years of this sort of life, real- 
izes that she is living in a too se- 
cluded world, whereas he is free to 
roam and mix socially. 

Comes the depression and the 
threatened collapse of Dick's oil busi- 
ness. Unknown to her lover. Merle 
throws her entire fortune into the 
breach, but imposes strict secrecy on 
her broker as to the source of the 
loan. Webster's firm is saved. Then 
rumors of his entanglement with an- 
other fair charmer reaches Merle's 
ears, but she disbelieves them. Lau- 
relton, her broker, in the meantime 
has declared his love for Merle, trying 
to persuade her that her lover is un- 
faithful. She eventually hears about 
the matter direct from Dick and she 
puts him out of her life. In the end, 




Joan Randa 





"Fans will find another screen 
personality in Barbara Fritchie, 
who plays the feminine lead." — 
Jerry Hoffman, Examiner, Jan. 
7, 1934. 

"Miss Fritchie offers something 
Management new in the way of western 
^..^ ^ ^^, ^„^^. .^ heroines. — Hollywood Re- 
NATC. COLDSTONE porter, December 28, 1933. 

Para. May Clean 
Slate Up by June 

New York. — It looks as though the 
affairs of Paramount as a bankrupt 
should be wound up by June. The 
referee is going over claims against 
the corporation daily, disallowing 
most, and only about two hundred re- 
main for settlement. 

Of course a reorganization plan can 
be affirmed before June, and any un- 
decided claims settled afterwards if 
the courts approve the reorganization 

Fisher Books Butterfield 

New York. — According to reports 
all acts in the Butterfield circuit in 
Michigan will be booked by Arthur 
Fisher, the New York independent 
booker. This will be a great break 
for acts in and around New York on 
account of the operation of the Fisher 
main office being in New York. This 
will also make Fisher the leader in 
the independent booking field. 

however, everything rights itself. It 
was all a dastardly plot of the broker. 
The lover is now divorced and able 
and willing to marry her. 

Two clever performances are given 
by Ara Gerald, as the widow's best 
friend, and Frank Thomas, as the 
smooth and scheming broker. Lloyd 
Hughes acquits himself just so-so. 

Walter Israel Signed To 
United Costumers Post 

Wallace W. Kerrigan, president of 
the United Costumers, Inc., yesterday 
announced that the company has sign- 
ed a five year contract with Walter J. 
Israel to continue with the United 
Costumers as production manager and 
costume designer. Israel has been as- 
sociated with a number of the most 
important costume productions of the 
stage and screen. 

Soviet Pic State Righted 

New York. — William M. Pizor, of 
Imperial Distributing Corporation, has 
signed a .contract for world distribu- 
tion with James Stuart, an American 
engineer, who is under contract with 
the Soviet government since 1 927. 
Product will be three 3-reelers and 
shorts on Russia. First picture is un- 
der title "My First Five Years in Rus- 

Rube Wolf at Roxy 

New York. — Rube Wolf will be the 
master of ceremonies at the Roxy 
Theatre here starting January 12. He 
was booked for the Paramount in Los 
Angeles to start January 5, but How- 
ard S. Cullman had this canceled with 
Mike Marco, operator of the L. A. 

Jay Emanuel Coming Here 

New York. — Jay Emanuel, publisher 
of eastern regionals, will leave for the 
coast on January 12, being his first 
visit to Hollywood, and will stay there 
for about a month. 






A Paramount Production 

"Archie Stout's photography is mem- 
orable." — Hollywood Reporter, Dec. 
28. 1933. 




The Last Round-Up 


Directed By 

Screen Play By 

Harry Weber Agency, inc. 

"Blue does a great* piece of work as 
this outlaw who wasn't as bad as his 


Dec. 28, 1933. 





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Jan. 9, 1934 


•^ around 

A British movie director (not very 
at home with matters filmic), vi^hen 
asking the reason for delay before a 
shot and told by the assistant that 
they were waiting for interlock, said: 
"Interlock? Interlock?? I didn't call 
him today — we won't wait for him — 
let's shoot it!!" ... No kidding, it's 
on the level. . . Someone here should 
grab Dorothy Bouchier and give her a 
long term contract, in the right sort 
of parts — she'd knock 'em cold; we 
remember her in the days they called 
her Chili and was she hot; filmically, 
of course! . . . Sartorial note: Tony 
Nelson Keys, Triumph Films assistant 
director, riding in the Row of a Sun- 
day morning. 


Lovely Merle Oberon will warble in 
her Twickenham pic . . . tee hee that 
featured player famed for her tall stor- 
ies is talking about her Paramount 
contract now! . . . One pic made this 
side got swell rating from a critic 
who thought the serious story was a 
burlesque and so gave it a nice no- 
tice; not realizing that it was played 
in deadly earnest. . . . Sally (Booful 
Blonde) Stewart dancing at the Savoy, 
where quite a mob of movie celebs 
watched "Les Debutantes" giving their 
rendering of a cabaret. Did we say 
rendering? . . . Wee Ceorgie Harris is 
up for a swell part here, and if he 
gets it he'll make a quick trip to the 
coast to confer with some execs about 
an indie organization he may start this 
side. . . . Donovan Pedelty, Para tal- 
ent scout and movie scenarist as well, 
must be feeling a bit off color — he 
hasn't signed any one for two weeks; 
maybe the Fox "imports-exports" have 
got him disheartened — they seem to 
have most every one. . . . Jack Hul- 
bert back in town and saying swell 
things about American radio stars. . . 
Binnie Barnes giving away presents to 
the kiddies at the Selfridge store. . . . 
Eric Burnand Mount suggests to Brit 
companies that they should make some 
shorts of England with narrative by 
H. V. Morton; sounds like a swell 

Frank Ditcham, Universal chief 
here, and jack (Selznick-Joyce) Vo- 
tion amongst the group greeting James 
Whale into town. ... As far as Cyril 
Gardner is concerned, you cannot say 
anything bad about Lewis Milestone; 
Cyril is one hundred per cent for 
Millie, and how! . . . Evelyn Laye re- 
covering from an electrician falling 

onto her on the set; she went to 
Brighton; you remember Brighton, 
don't you, Eddie Cronjager? . . . That 
movie producer and his leading lady 
are still sighing aplenty and she SO 
fresh and innocent before she free 
lanced!! . . . Basil Dean having dif- 
ficulty in finding writers for the 
screen; of course an idea would be to 
employ screen writers and scenarists — 
or would that be too cinematic? . . . 
S'funny how American directors like 
one character or another to give the 
heroine a Ml' pat on the back side; 
it's a Hollywood complex! . . . John 
Loder has a rep in this burg for being 
the champeen cook bar none; and how 
John knows how to deal with a goose; 
yeah, we said goose!! . . . The lovely 
Dorothy Hyson at the theatre after 
studio hours. 


Metro kept Tracy out of the blurbs 
on "Blonde Bombshell" as soon as he 
was fired, but my! how that Harlow 
gal can pull 'em in in this town! . . . 
It started as long ago as "Platinum 
Blonde," and since then she's been 
real box office here. . . . Hugh Find- 
lay, chief of Gaumont publicity at the 
studios, lunching with Director Bob 
Flaherty. . . . Charles B. (Fox Films 
associate producer in his spare time) 
Cochran watching the audience re- 
action to Bergner at the Apollo Thea- 
tre, and Elizabeth is the talk of the 
town. . . . David Bader getting an eye- 
ful of "Ball at the Savoy." . . . This 
week's handclaps, laurel wreath and 
illuminated scroll goes to the gang that 
made "Dancing Lady" — what a swell 
job from Clarence Brown onwards. 
. . . Ewart Hodgson, Cedric Belfrage, 
A. Jympson Harman just three of 
London's ace film scribblers eating at 
the Cafe Royal. 

Socialists Help French 

Paris. — Mme. Andree Forine, a 
leading socialite here, has formed the 
Land of France Association, numbering 
a group of blue-bloods who will lend 
their personal aid and influence to 
help the French picture producers. 
Their plans are still indefinite 

Loew in Australia 

Sydney. — Arthur T.oew and J. Vo- 
gel reached here on their tour. Sir 
Benjamin Fuller, local theatre mag- 
nate, returned from his United States 

SUC4-I ruyt-um/ such melody/ 

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Slovakian Censors Hit 
At German Pic Imports 

Prague. — Slovakian censors are us- 
ing their blue pencils to keep German 
pictures out of the country, banning 
everything with the Hitler stamp on 

At the same time the French are 
getting the break. "Le Petit Roi," 
which has been having censoritis in 
other European countries, was passed 
without remark. 

Austrians Okay in Poland 

Berlin. — Word has reached here 
from Poland that Austrian pictures 
are allowed to be released there so 
long as they carry an Austrian trade 
mark. These are the only German- 
speaking films countenanced. 

Big Sydney Prospect 

Sydney. — A combined theatre and 
apartment house will be built here 
through a project backed by David N. 
Martin, local film distributor. It will 
be a fourteen story affair, costing 

Para. Changes in Aust. 

Sydney. — Looks like a new head 
here for Paramount's office. William 
Clarke is en route back to New York 
and is reported out, with John E. Ken- 
nebeck replacing him in charge of dis- 

Leishman on P^r East Tour 

Sydney. — E. D. Leishman, Radio 
field chief, left here for the Orient 
on a six month survey for his com- 

Last Move Taken 
In Publix Break-Up 

New York. — At a stockholders' 
meeting of Theatre Management Co., 
whose stock is owned by the trustees 
in bankruptcy of Paramount Publix, 
the name of the company was changed 
to Paramount Theatres Service Cor- 
poration. Officers are: Ralph A. Kohn, 
president; Sam Dembow, vice presi- 
dent; Frank Freeman, vice president; 
Walter B. Cokell, treasurer; J. D. Van 
Wagoner, secretary. In explaining 
the change of name Kohn stated that 
Paramount's present management is 
definitely committed to decentralize 
theatre operation, so that the name 
of Theatre Management Company was 
a misnomer, because under the pres- 
ent set-up the functions are strictly 
of a service nature, assisting the man- 
agers in the field, it doing no manag- 
ing of theatres from New York. Free- 
man will supervise contact in the field 
pertaining to real estate, leases, deals, 
pooling agreements, insurance, pur- 
chasing, maintenance and building op- 
eration. Dembow will supervise the 
actual theatre operations, contacting 
the distributing companies and have 
charge of booking artists for stage 

RCA Has an 'Honor List' 

New York. — There are 474 thea- 
tres on the honor roll of the RCA 
High Fidelity installations throughout 
the United States during 1933. The 
RCA Victor have put out a hand- 
somely lithographed presentation book 
describing the new equipment in these 




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Page Nine 

'Josephine' For Francis 
If WB Make Napoleon' 

If Warners do decide to produce 
"Napoleon," with Edward Robinson in 
the title role, and there is consider- 
able doubt in certain quarters that the 
picture will ever get by the talking 
stage, the part of Josephine will be 
handed to Kay Francis. 

Katherine Cornell could have the 
part for the asking, but her decision 
to keep out of pictures seems to be 
as firm as ever. 

'56th Street' Clicks 

"House on 56th Street" is doing 
better business than any Warner pic- 
ture within the past year except 
"Footlight Parade," a musical. All 
records for dramatic pictures have 
been broken at the Hollywood and 
Downtown theatre in Los Angeles by 
this film, with Kay Francis in the role 
Ruth Chatterton refused. 

Will Wait on Hardie 

Russell Hardie will not be replaced 
in the cast of "Men in White" at 
MCM. The player, who was rushed 
to the hospital for an appendix opera- 
tion Saturday, has only one remain- 
ing scene and the studio will make 
that when he returns to the fold. 

Cabot Up For '5th Ave.' 

Radio puts Bruce Cabot through his 
paces today in a test for the role 
bracketed with that of Frances Dee in 
"Just Off Fifth Avenue." If Cabot 
does not click, Charles Starrett is un- 
derstood to be the alternative for the 


T. Roy Barnes and Andre Cheron 

were added to the cast of "Rip Tide" 
for MCM. 

Harry Holman and Matt Briggs set 
by Leo Morrison for featured roles in 
"A Very Honorable Guy," Warners. 

Frank Conroy into "Upperworld," 
Warners. Throug'h Leo Morrison. 

Paul Stanton into MGM's "Viva 
Villa." Beyer-MacArthur set the 

Sidney Tolcr for a featured role in 
"Upperworld," Warners, through Bey- 

Robert McWade goes into Univer- 
sal's "Countess of Monte Cristo." 

James Marcus signed for Ken May- 
nard's "Honor of the West." 

Leonard Mudie has been added to 
the cast of "Viva Villa" for MCM. 
Lew Cantor made the deal. 

Marie Wells into "Merry Wives of 
Reno" at Warners. 

MCM signed Edward Arnold for 
"Sadie McKee." 

Helen Lynd by Paramount for "Mel- 
ody in Spring." 

Cuinn "Big Boy" Williams by Ra- 
dio for a two reel comedy titled "Un- 

Jack Barty added to Hal Roach's 
"Oliver the Eighth." 

Harry Seymour and Henry Otto 
signed for "Hot Air," Warners. 

James Durkin signed through Max 
Shagrin for "Upperworld," Warners. 

Marie Wells added to the cast of 
"Merry Wives of Reno," Warners. 
Deal set by Max Shagrin. 

Luis Alberni spotted in Warners' 
"The Fortune Teller" by Max Shagrin. 

MCM Saturday signed Ned Sparks 
for a featured spot in "Operator 1 3." 

Warners signed Dorothy Tree Sat- 
urday for a featured role in "Fur 
Coats," Aline MacMahon's next star- 
ring vehicle which is scheduled to 
start this Wednesday under the direc- 
tion of Al Creen. The William Mor- 
ris office set the player. 

Cecilia Parker was signed Saturday 
for the feminine lead in the Ken May- 
nard western, "Honor of the West." 
Alan James directs when the picture 
starts production Tuesday. 

Armand Kaliz and Christian Rub 
have been signed for the new se- 
quences in "Cat and Fiddle," MCM. 
The MacQuarrie office negotiated. 

John Sheehan engaged for a fea- 
tured role in "Countess of Monte 
Cristo," Universal, through MacQuar- 

Walter Brennan into "Old Hanni- 
bal," MCM. 

Richard Tucker for "Countess of 
Monte Cristo," Universal. Set by 
O'Reilly and Mann. 

Griffith's Second at 
Radio With Dunne 

Radio has set the next Irene Dunne 
picture, "Age of Innocence," as the 
second picture on E. H. Griffith's three 
picture deal. Sarah Y. Mason and Vic- 
tor Heerman are writing the screen 

Griffith will start production on the 
Ann Harding picture, "Alien Corn," 
for Radio next week. 

'Prizefighter' Out For 

MCM Pic in Canada 

The fight angle of "The Prizefight- 
er and the Lady" having proven to 
MCM officials to be a box office 
frightener as far as the women are 
concerned, MCM has changed the 
Max Baer picture to "The Conquering 
Sex" for Canadian distribution. 

Young Rapf on Story 

Maurice Rapf, son of Harry Rapf, 
leaves Wednesday for Dartmouth to 
resume his studies and is taking back 
with him a commission from MCM 
to write a short subject about the 
"Winter Sports Carnival" around the 
event that is held annually at Hanover. 

MGM will send a camera crew to 
photograph the carnival when it is run. 

Billie Burke at Radio 

Radio has signed Billie Burke on a 
one-picture loanout deal from Samuel 
Goldwyn, to whom she is under a long 
term contract, for a featured role in 
"Finishing School." George Nicholls 
and Wanda Tuchock will direct this 

" . . . moments of such breathless suspense, 
such deep pathos and such high excitement 

Jack Cunningham made a swell 

adaptation ..." — Hollywood Reporter. 

"Jack Cunningham's script is well sustained." 

— Variety. 


Personal Management 

Page Ten 

Jan. 9. 1934 



This Week 24 Features 

Last Week 25 Features 

Year Ago 36 Features 

2 Years Ago 16 Features 



Cast: George Breakstone, Frankie 
Darro, Jimmy Butler, Jackie Searle, 
Hal Sour, Donald Haynes, Wesley 
Ciraud, Bruce Line, Julius Molnar, 
Rolph Ernst, Christian Rub, Samuel 
Hinds, Lois Wilson, Tom Ricketts, 
Egon Brecher. 

Director Frank Borzage 

Story Ferenc Molnar 

Screen Play Robert Riskin 

Photography Joseph August 

Associate Producer. .Samuel J. Briskin 


Cast: John Boles, Pat Paterson, 
Spencer Tracy, Sid Silvers, Herbert 
Mundin, Ann Darcy, Beverly Royde, 
Harry Green. 

Director David Butler 

Story and Screen Play: B. C. DeSylva, 

David Butler, Sid Silvers. 
Music and Lyrics: Harold Adamson, 
Gus Kahn, Berton Lane, Richard 

Dance Direction Harold Hecht 

Photography Art Miller 

Producer B. G. DeSylva 


Cast: All Star. 

Director Hamilton MacFadden 

Story Idea Will Rogers 

and Philip Klein 

Book and Story Ralph Spence 

Music Jay Gorney 

Songs and Lyrics Lew Brown 

Photography Ernest Palmer 

Musical Numbers Staged by 

Sammy Lee 

Musical Director Arthur Lange 

Producer Winfield Sheehan 

Associate Producer Lew Brown 


Cast: Rudy Vallee, George White, 
Alice Faye, Jimmy Durante, Adri- 
enne Ames, Cliff Edwards, Dixie 

Directors Thornton Freeland 

and Harry Lachman 

Story George White, Sam Shipman 

Screen Play William Conselman 

Dialogue Joseph Cunningham 

Photography Lee Garmes 

and George Schneiderman 
Music and Lyrics: Ray Henderson, Irv- 
ing Caesar and Jack Yellen. 

Oance Direction Georgie Hale 

Producer George White 


Cast: Will Rogers, Louise Dresser, 
Irene Bentley, Kent Taylor, Evelyn 

Venable, Ralph Morgan, Roger Im- 
hof, Noah Beery, Stephin Fetchit, 
Sarah Padden, Frank Melton. 

Director James Cruze 

Story Edward Noyes Westcott 

Screen Play Walter Woods 

Photography Hal Mohr 

Producer Winfield Sheehan 



Cast: Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen 
O'Sullivan, Neil Hamilton, Doris 
Lloyd, Frank Reicher, Paul Cava- 
nagh, William Stack, Desmond 
Roberts, Yola D'Avril, Forrester 

Director Cedric Gibbons 

Adaptation Leon Gordon 

Screen Play J. K. McGuinness 

Photography Charles Clarke 

and Clyde DeVinna 
Producer Bernard Hyman 


Cast: Wallace Beery, Katherine De 
Mille, Leo Carrillo, George E. Stone, 
Pedro Rigas, Joseph Schildkraut, 
Stuart Erwin, Raymond Borzage, 
Donald Cook, Nigel DeBrulier, Tom 
Rjcketts, Leo White, Harry Cord- 
ing, Fay Wray, Stuart Erwin, Henry 
B. Walthall. 

Director Jack Conway 

Novel ...Edgcumb Pinchon 

Screen Play Ben Hecht 

Photography James Howe 

Producer David 0. Selznick 


Cast: Norma Shearer, Robert Mont- 
gomery, Herbert Marshall, Lilyan 
Tashman, Ralph Forbes, Mrs. Pat- 
rick Campbell, Arthur Jarrett, Earl 
Oxford, Halliwell Hobbes, Donald 
Grieg, Samuel May, Helen Jerome 
Eddy, Peter Hobbes, George K. Ar- 
thur, Donald Greig, Eddie Nugent, 
E. E. Clive. 

Director Edmund Goulding 

Story Charles MacArthur 

Photography Ray June 

Producer Irving Thalberg 


Cast: Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Jean 
Hersholt, Henry B. Walthall, Eliza- 
beth Allen, C. Henry Gordon, Sarah 
Padden, Dorothy Peterson, Otto 
Kruger, Ruth Channing, Russell 
Hardie, Wallace Ford, Russell Hop- 
ton, Donald Douglas. 

Director Richard Boleslavsky 

Play Sidney Kingsley 

Screen Play Waldemar Young 

Photography George Folsey 

Producer Monta Bell 



Cast: Marlene Dietrich, John Lodge, 
Sam Jaffe, Louise Dresser, Ruthelma 
Stevens, C. Aubrey Smith, Olive 

Tell, Edward Van Sloan, Jane Dar- 
well, Hans von Twardoski, Davison 
Clark, Phillip Sleeman, Harry 
Woods, Marie Sieber, Gavin Gordon. 

Director Josef Von Sternberg 

From a Diary by Catherine the Great 

Screen Play Manuel Komroff 

Photography Bert Glennon 


Cast: Victor McLaglen, Dorothy Dell, 
Preston Foster, Alison Skipworth, 
David Landau, John Rogers, Mischa 
Auer, Alfred Delcambre, James 
Burke, Don Wilson, John Northpol, 
Max Wagner, Frank Rice, Russell 
Powell, Jil Dennett, Alice Lake, 
Miana Alvarez, Florence Dudley, 
Marie Green, Charles Brinley, Al 
Hill, Ivan Linow. 

Directors: William Cameron Menzies 
and George Somnes. 

Original Frederick Schlick 

and Samuel French 

Photography Hal McAlpin 


Cast: Lanny Ross, Charlie Ruggles, 
Mary Boland. 

Director Norman McLeod 

Story Frank Leon Smith 

Adaptation Lewis E. Gensler 

Dialogue: Lewis E. Gensler and Ed- 
mund J. Holden. 


Charles R. Rogers Production 

Cast: Richard Arlen, Sally Eilers, 
Robert Armstrong, Grace Bradley, 
Rosco Ates, Charley Grapewin, 
Richard Arlen Jr. 

Directors Casey Robinson 

and Ralph Murfjhy 

Original James M. Cain 

Screen Play Casey Robinson 

Photography Milt Krasner 



Cast: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Colleen 
Moore, Genevieve Tobin, Edward 
Everett Horton, Frank Morgan, Ny- 
dia Westman, Allen Vincent, June 
Brewster, Howard Wilson, Henry 

Director J. Walter Ruben 

Play John Howard Lawson 

Screen Play.. ..John Howard Lawson 

and Howard J. Green 

Photography Henry Gerard 

Associate Producer H. N. Swanson 


Cast: Irene Dunne, Constance Cum- 
mings, Ralph Bellamy, Vivian To- 
bin, Kay Johnson, Louis Mason, 
Charles Starrett. 

Director John Cromwell 

Play Anne Morrison Chapin 

Screen Play Jane Murfin 

Photography Edward Cronjager 

Associate Producer.. Pandro S. Berman 

United Artists 


Twentieth Century 

Cast: George Arliss, Boris Karloff, Lo- 
retta Young, Robert Young, C. Au- 
brey Smith, Reginald Owen, Alan 
Mowbray, Murray Kinnell, Paul 
Harvey, Noel Madison, Florence 
Arliss, Ivan Simpson, Helen West- 
ley, Holmes Herbert, Arthur Byron, 
Gilbert Emery, Leonard Mudie, 
Charles Evans, Lee Kohlmar, Glen 
Cavendar, Adolph Milar, Mary 
Forbes, Lumsden Hare, Lloyd Ingra- 
ham, Clarence Geldert, Oscar Apfel, 
Reginald Sheffield, Brandon Hurst, 
Harold Minjir, Craufurd Kent, 
Douglas Gerrard, Matthew Betz, 
William Strauss, Frank Hagney, 
Montague Shaw, Gerald Pierce, Leo 
McCabe, Leonard Jerome, Perry 
Vekroff, Rafael Carrio, Art+iur 
Duravennay, Louis Van Denecker, 
Walter Bonn, Carey Harrison, Earl 
McDonald, Dureen Monroe, Des- 
mond Roberts, Clare Vedera, Robert 
Corey, Frank Dunn, Horace Claude 
Cooper, Bobby LaMarche, Billy Seay, 
George Offerman, Murdock Mc- 
Quarrie, Harold Entwhistle, Harry 
Allen, Olaf Hytton, Cullen John- 
son, Milton Kahn, Jack Carlyle, 
Harry Cording, Dick Alexander, Ed- 
die Weaver, Bert Miller. 

Director Alfred Werker 

Original Screen Play: Nunnally John- 
son and Maude T. Howell. 

Photography Pev Marley 

Associate Producers. .William Goetz 

and Raymond Griffiths 



Cast: Ken Maynard, Cecilia Parker, 
Fred Kohler, Frank Hagney, Jack 
Rockwell, Jim Marcus, Al Smith, 
Slim Whittaker, Franklin Farnum. 

Director Alan James 

Original Screen Play Nate Gatzert 

Photography Ted McCord 

Producer Ken Maynard 

Warners-First National 


Cast: Dick Powell, Al Jolson, Ricardo 
Cortez, Dolores Del Rio, Hugh Her- 
bert, Guy Kibbee, Robert Barrat, 
Henry O'Neill, Kay Francis, Louise 
Fazenda, Fifi D'Orsay, Merna Ken- 
nedy, Mia Ichioka, Henry Kolker. 

Director Lloyd Bacon 

Play Karl Farkas and Geza Hercaeg 

Screen Play Earl Baldwin 

Music and Lyrics Harry Warren 

and Al Dubin 
Numbers Created and Directed by 

Busby Berkeley 

Photography Sid Hickox 

Supervisor Robert Lord 


Cast: Warren William, Mary Astor, 
Ginger Rogers, Theodore Newton, 

Ian. 9, 1934 

Page Eleven 


Henry O'Neill, Robert Barrat, Andy 
Devine, Dickie Moore, Robert Creig, 
William Cargan, Edward Arnold. 

Director Roy Del Ruth 

Story Ben Hecht 

Screen Play Ben Markson 

Photography Tony Caudio 

Supervisor Robert Lord 


Cast: Joe E. Brown, Alice White, Rob- 
bert Barrat, Hobart Cavanaugh, 
Noel Madison, J. Carrol Naish, Ar- 
thur Vinton, Ann Brody, Harry 
Warren and Al Dubin, George Pat 
Collins, Charles Wilson, Snowflake. 

Director Lloyd Bacon 

Story by Damon Runyon 

Screen Play Earl Baldwin 

Photography Ira Morgan 

Supervisor Robert Lord 


Cast: Dick Powell, Pat O'Brien, Gin- 
ger Rogers, Allen Jenkins, Grant 
Mitchell, Joseph Cawthorn, Grace 

Director Ray Enright 

Original Story Paul Finder Moss 

and Jerry Wald 

Screen Play Warren Duff 

and Harry Sauber 

Music and Lyrics Harry Warren 

and Al Dubin 

Dance Director Busby Berkeley 

Photography Sid Hickox 

Supervisor Sam Bischoff 


Cast: Donald Woods, Margaret Lind- 
say, Glenda Farrell, Hugh Herbert, 
Frank McHugh, Guy Kibbee, Ruth 
Donnelly, Hobart Cavanaugh. 

Director H. Bruce Humberstone 

Story and Screen Play Robert Lord 

Dialogue Brown Holmes 

and Joe Traub 

Photography Ernest Haller 

Supervisor Sam Bischoff 


Cast: Joan Blondell, Ricardo Cortez, 
Claire Dodd, Frank McHugh, Joan 

Director Robert Florey 

Original Story F. Hugh Herbert 

Adaptation F. Hugh Herbert 

and Car! Erickson 
Photography Arthur Todd 


Cast: Aline MacMahon, Paul Kelly. 

Director Alfred Green 

Story Ann Garrick 

Screen Play Manny Seff 

Photography Bud Hoskins 

Easfern Producf-ions 
Vitaphone Studios 


Cast: George Givot and Charles Judeis. 

Director Ray Mack 

Photography Ray Foster 

and Ed Dupar 

Fox Movietone Studios 

Van Beuren- Magna 

(RKO-Radio Release) 


Cast: Meyer Davis. 

Director Leigh Jason 

Photography Joe Ruttenberg 

British Productions 

Caumont-British and Cains- 
borough Studios 
Executive Producer, Michael E. Balcon 

Cast: Conrad Veidt, Frank Vosper, 
Cedric Hardwicke, Benita Hume, 
Gerald du Maurier, Pamela Ostner, 
Mary Clare, Eva Moore, Lyn Hard- 
ing, Joan Maude, Paul Graetz, Hai- 
dee Wright. 

Director Lothar Mendes 

Book by Leon Feutwanger 

Screen Play: Heinrick Frankel, A. M. 

Rawlinson and F. Rhys Williams. 
Photography Bernard Knowles 


Cast: Evelyn Laye, George Grossmith, 
Yvonne Arnaud, Max Miller, Harry 
Wilcoxson, Ivor McLaren, Francis 
Sullivan, Laurence Green. 

Director Maurice Elvey 

Photography Mutz Greenbaum 


Cast: Mick the Miller, Sonnie Hale, 

Gwynneth Lloyd, Max Miller, Fred 

Kitchen, Lyn Harding, Charles Hes-/ 

lop, Arthur Sinclair, Cyril Smith. 

Director Albert de Courville 

Photography P. Tamura ; 



Cast: Jessie Mathews, Sonnie Hale, 
Betty Balfour, Huntley Power, Ger- 
ald du Maurier, Betty Shale. 

Director Victor Saville 

Photography Charles Van Enger 

Associated Talking Pictures 
Ealing Studios 

Executive Producer . Basil Dean 


Cast: Fay Compton, Ivor Novello, 
Frederick Renalow, Jack Hawkins. 

Director Basil Dean 

Play by C L. Anthony 

Screen Play Dorothy Farnum 

Photography Bob Martin 


Screen Play: Mary Murillo, Donovan 
Pedelty, Maurice Braddell, Miles 

Additional Dialogue. ...Best Weston 

and Bert Lee 

Dialogue Donovan Pedelty 

Arthur Maude-Columbia 
British Prods. 

Executive Producer Howard Welch 


British and Dominions 

Executive Producer Herbert Wilcox 

"Its A COP" 

Cast: Sidney Howard, Dorothy Bou- 
chier, Garry Marsh, Donald Cal- 
throp, John Turnbull, Ronald Simp- 

Director P. MacLean Rogers 

Story Jackie Marks, 

Bert Weston and Bob Lee 

Dialogue John Paddy Carstairs 

Additional Dialogue.. ..Bert Weston 

and Bob Lee 
Photography Cyril Bristow 

Stolls Studios 

(For Columbia British) 


Cast: Milton Rosmer, John Stuart, Jill 
Sande, Peter Gawthorne, Ben Sout- 
/ ten. 

Director St. John Cloews 

Photography Desmond Dickenson 

Paramount British 

(At British and Dominions) 

Cast: Frank Petingell, Maureen O'Con- 

Director Redd Davis 

I Screen Play and Dialogue 

/ Donovan Pedelty 
Photograph y Herbert Harris 

^ Wembley Studios 

(For MGM Quoto) 


Cast: Molly Lamont, James Carew, 
, Nina Boucicault. 
/Director Frank Richardson 

Sound City Films 

Executive Producer Norman Loudon 



Cast: Valerie Tator, Stewart Rome, 
Kathleen Kelly, Edgar Driver, Philip 
/ Strange, D. A. Clarke-Smith. 

Director Ivar Campbell 

Screen Play Baring Pemberton / 

and George Robinson 
Photography ..^„..,,D. O. Stretton 

Cast: Ann Grey, Lester Matthews, 

Heather Thatcher, Tony Holies. 
Director Arthur Maude 

/Play by David Evans 
Screen Play John Paddy Carstairs 
Photography Geoffrey Faithful! 


Cast: Gracie Fields, John Loder, Esme 
Percy, Wilfred Lawson, Pat Wad- 

Director Maurice Elvey 

Worton Hall 

(For MGM Release) 


Cast: Christine Adrian. 

Director Harry 

Producer Louis 


St. Margaret's 
Twickenham Studios 

Executive Producer Julius Hagen 


Cast: Merle Oberon, Joan Garrick, 
Margot Graham, Austin Trevoe, 
Charles Carson. 

Director Bernard Vorhaus 

Screen Play Fowler Mear and 

Bernard Vorhaus 

Photography Percy BIythe 

British Lion Studios 

Executive Producer Sam Smith 


Cast: Wendy Barrie, Henry Kendall, 
Margot Graham, Georgie Harriss, 
Fred Duprez, Billy Mayerl, Joe 

^/birector John Daumery 

Screen Play Scott Darling 

Photography Alex Bryce 

British International 

Executive Producer John Maxwell 

Associate Producer Walter Mycroft 


Cast: Greta Nissen, David Manners, 
Camilla Horn, Clifford Mollison, 
V Reg Purdell, Hugh Wakefield, Law- 
\ rence Grossmith, H. F. Maltby. 

Director Robert Milton 

Production Manager John Harlow 

Play by Commander Horton-Giddy 

Photgraphy Friese-Green 


Cast: Diana Napier, Richard Bird, 
Nancy Burne, Hal Gordon, Jimmie 
/ Gordon, Bromley Davenport, Francis 
L. Sullivan. 

Director Walter Summers 


Cast: Will Hays, Iris Hoey, Angela 

y Director Thomas Bentley 

/ Photography J. Wilson 


Cast: Virginia Cherrill, David Man- 
ners, Hal Gordon. 

Director Marcel Varnel 

Play by Walter Hackett . 


Cast: Marian Marsh, Ralph Ince.' 

Director Dr. Paul, Marbach 

Photography Jack Cgjc 


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Vol. XVIII. No. 49. Price 5c 


Wednesday, January 10, 1933 


• SOMEONE said to me the other day: 
"Why don't you write something that 
would answer the question, 'What is 
the big opportunity in the picture bus- 
iness for 1934?' " 

The temptation was great. 

We could have gone back to our 
youngster's copy books — "Honesty Is 
the Best Policy," "Quality Pays," etc., 
and so on. 

It would have been so easy. 

And just when we had virtuously 
discarded all the easy routes and worn 
out phrases, up bobbed one of the 
oldest platitudes in the picture busi- 
ness and it demanded recognition. 

So, with an apology for bringing up 
old thoughts, and not a darned bit of 
apology for mentioning the subject at 
a moment when it should be men- 
tioned, we give this thought: 

One of the greatest opportunities 
awaiting a distributor this year is on 
the doorstep of the man who will show 
that he will give the CREATORS an 
honest accounting, that he will sell 
honestly the product of the creator's 

Sure, it's an old subject. But it 
means something this year. 

Before twelve months have passed 
you are going to find more creators — 
directors, writers, players, or what 
have you, so long as THEY have 
something to sell — dealing with ma- 
jor distributors and producers on a 
salary plus a percentage basis. 

It's coming. It cannot be dodged. 
And it will be a good thing for this 
business when it arrives in full force. 

But what can hold it back? 

Only that age-old, firmly grounded 
conviction on the part of the creators 
that there never has been and never 
will be a distributing machine that 
will give an honest break to the crea- 

Let some one man break down that 
psychological wall and he'll have this 
business by the tail. 

Boy, what a wealth of creative en- 
ergy is straining at the leash around 
this town, ready to go off "to the 
races" if they find the man or or- 
ganization that will dispel the cloud 
of distrust existing between producers 
and sellers in this business. 

It is waiting. So we give you, with 
brilliant originality and startling clev- 
erness, a motto for 1934: 

"Honesty Is the Best Policy." 


Chicago. — Interviewed in Chi- 
cago by a Hollywood Reporter rep- 
resentative, Sam Goldwyn said: 
"Be sure the Reporter continues to 
credit me with all those funny 
cracks. They keep my name in 

Cooper Says He Is 
Back to Take Reins 

Merian C. Cooper returned to his 
post yesterday as production chief of 
Radio studio, and in an interview with 
a Hollywood Reporter man declared 
he will definitely remain in charge of 
production at that studio. 

Cooper also stated that all depart- 
ments in the studio would start work- 
ing full blast, as he plans to get 28 
pictures under way this season. 

Para. Pays $40,000 
For 'Master's Voice' 

New York. — The high mark this 
year for New York plays was $90,000, 
which MCM paid for "Ah Wilder- 
ness," but Paramount also went high 
for the rights to Max Gordon's "Her 
Master's Voice." It is reported that 
Paramount parted with $40,000 for 
the piece. 

Cillam in Town 

Robert Cillam, head of Paramount's 
advertising and publicity departments, 
arrived here on the Chief yesterday 
afternoon. He came west to discuss 
advertising matters and the year book 
for the coming year. 

Jack Warner Uses Trains 

New York. — While brother Harry is 
taking his time going to the Coast by 
way of the Panama Canal, Jack War- 
ner left for the Coast yesterday by 

Levine Visits Exchanges 

Milwaukee, — Nat Levine, of Mas- 
cot Productions, was here yesterday 
on a national exchange tour in the 
interests of his Clyde Beatty serial. 

R eporter Survey She ws Buyers 
Just Awakening To Hollywood 
Situation-'Quickies Are Dead 

Checking back on frantic requests from independent ex- 
changes for information about current production, The Holly- 
wood Reporter has uncovered the fact that the key cities of the 
country are filled with exchanges just awakening to the news 
that the shoestring Hollywood produc- ,, . »<#• r ^ 

Hughes Scar Face 

er has been starved out of existence 
Monogram has set itself as practic- 
ally a national distributor, Chester- 
field-Invincible has its own group, 
Majestic is folding and unfolding, the 
veteran Freuler, first man to give 
Charlie Chaplin a million dollar con- 
tract, is hanging on through sheer 
personal persistence. 

With most of the majors willing to 
double feature quite a lot of their 
product this year — despite the big 
speeches and oratory at code hear- 
ings — the problem is made more diffi- 
cult for the independent who, with 
Hollywood starved, must now look to 
foreign importations for the bulk of 
his offerings. 

Goldwyn May Co To 
Russia With Nana' 

Moscow. • — Announcement was 
made to the press associations here 
today that Samuel Goldwyn's picture 
"Nana" would be given a spectacular 
opening here within a month or so. 
It is the first American talkie to be 
given such a privilege. The expecta- 
tion here is that Sam Goldwyn will 
probably visit Russia for the opening. 

Film Daily's Ten Best 

New York — The Film Daily today made public the results of 
its national pool of "The Ten Best Pictures of 1933." The list follows: 
"Cavalcade," "Forty-Second Street," "The Private Life of Henry 
the Eighth," "Lady For a Day," "State Fair," "Farewell To Arms," 
"She DoneHim Wrong," "I Am A Fugitive," "Maedchen in Uniform" 
and "Rasputin and the Empress." 

inally Breaks Chi 

Chicago. — After a two year battle 
that has set records in censor fighting 
in the picture industry, Howard 
Hughes' production of "Scar Face" has 
at last received the valued ticket 
which allows exhibition in this terri- 

Ben judells, local indie distributor, 
has been active in the battle and will 
profit by doing the distributing of the 
picture. He made his deal with Neil 
McCarthy, attorney for Howard 

S^eehan Still Hot 
On Foreign Imports 

New York. — Winnie Sheehan, Buf- 
falo boy, is still foreign in picture 
t?stes. Yesterday. Hans Schwartz, Ufa 
director, left New York to take up a 
Fox contract. He will also be greeted 
by a big dinner with Ernst Lubitsch as 
the host. 

Schwartz directed "Princess at Your 
Service" abroad which was good 
enough for Sheehan to decide to buy.; 

CI . . ■%&#«iik.i.. ^^s story and the picture became., 

arole Lombard Will Not Adorable" * 

Play Columbia's Sonata' Christina' and Dinner' 

Hitting Ball in New York 

New York. — MCM's production, 
"Dinner At Eight," did over $60,000 
at the Capitol theatre here last week 
and is being held over another week. 

"Queen Christina," finishing up in 
its second week at the Astor, has done 
over $20,000 with one day to go to 
complete the week. 

Zukor Trip Important 

New York. — Adolph Zukor leaves 
for the Coast today, Wednesday, and 
though you try to discount all the 
rumors the thought still remains to a 
news gatherer that the trip has been 
handled in such a portentous manner 
that something of a shake-up is due. 

Despite conflicting reports it now 
may be stated that Carole Lombard 
will probably not appear in "Sonata" 
with John Barrymore for Columbia. 
"Twentieth Century" is more likely to 
be Lombard's next at Columbia, and 
if she can do it in time she will play 
in "We're Not Dressing" with Bing 



Thornton Freeland Director 

George White's 

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Ian. 10, 1934 

W. R. WILKERSON Editor and Publisher 

ROBERT E. WELSH Managing Editor 

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at Los Angeles, under the act of March 3. 

Well, mebbe "night-life in Holly- 
wood" is really picking up. With 
Lombardo packing 'em in — and the 
Mills Brothers crowding 'em in nightly 
— in different places — and Gene Aus- 
tin opening at the Clover tonight — 
perhaps we're in for the same kind of 
post-prohibition gaiety that so far has 
manifested itself every place BUT 
here! Sam Coslow has reserved space 
for a few thousand guests at the Clo- 
ver tonight — and a lot of others are 
getting ready to welcome Austin to 
town at the same time. 

An "ingenue" recently signed by 
Paramount, was getting ready for her 
first set of interviews with the news- 
paper and magazine tribe the other 
day. The publicity office of the stu- 
dio called her in to give her some ad- 
vice on what to say to the press boys. 

"Listen." said the gal, "after a sea- 
son in the 'Follies' with Harry Richman 
— I can take care of myself!" 

They tell us that Harry Ruby, the 
song writer, and the missus, are reach- 
ing that futt-futt stage and that pa- 
pers will be filed at any moment. 

Mrs. Pat Campbell, who used to give 
out with terrific tongue-lashings 
against Hollywood, has been convert- 
ed. Not only is she toiling in the mov- 
ies, but she's gone for a house in Bev- 
erly Hills. And are we leffing! Be- 
cause of the recent rains, her house is 
full of ANTS! Which is a NEW place 
to have them! 


'Tis to snicker! At a big studio, 
which has the reputation for being the 
most lecherous lot in town — where al- 
most all the execs lead double lives 
between their families and their affin- 
ities, a telegraph boy was recently fir- 
ed because he was making goo-goo 
eyes at a pretty blonde in one of the 
offices! The exec who fired him has 
been dating her up regularly. And all 
the time we thought this exec was 
the perfect "fireside type"! 

Don't fell us that it doesn't pay to 
be a good steno and secretary. Pa- 
tricia, John Considine's girl Friday, 


Warner Bros, prod.; director, Roy Del Ruth; writers, Rosalind Keating Schaffer, 

Ben Markson, Lillie Hayward. 

Strand Theatre 

World-Telegram: "Lady Killer" turns out to be a sprightly, more or less daring, 
thoroughly entertaining film — the best Mr. Cagney has made in some 
time. It is all good stuff, fast moving, frequently bawdy in its humor. 
Mr. Cagney is excellent; the others in the cast are all effective. 

American: The film is flip, fast, rough-house comedy, slipping sometimes into 
farce and occasionally hesitating for a stab of melodrama and a big punch 
sequence. It's Cagney's picture all the way through, but good support 
helps lots, and so do the gags and wise-guy situations besprinkling the 
action. Director Roy Del Ruth has kept this story moving rapidly and 
maintains a speedy tempo right up to the big moment and the final chase. 

Ne%w: This is going to be a disappointment to some of his ardent admirers. It 
is not a consistently funny film. Some of the stuff that is supposed to 
be very humorous falls flat. There is some exciting melodramatic action 
in it, but too much padding slows the story and takes the bite out of the 
satiric bits on the Hollywood scene. Cagney dominates the story and 
plays his role of movie usher-crook-screen actor in the traditional Cagney 
manner. Roy Del Ruth keeps the picture from lagging by putting plenty 
of action in all the scenes. The whole adds up to a fairly entertaining pic- 
ture, but it is not one of Cagney's best films. 

Post: It is all premeditated hokum, redeemed to a certain extent by Mr. Cag- 
ney's vivid personality. 

Herald-Tribune: On the whole "Lady Killer" is good Cagney entertainment. A 
great deal of the narrative is inclined to be implausible and its decidedly 
episodic manner has a way of weakening its force. Nevertheless, it is 
so vigorously managed, so attractively played, and above all so pleasantly 
filled with the Cagney vitality that it emerges as agreeable entertainment. 

lournal: "Lady Killer" is more a collection of gags than a sustained narrative. 
Cagney is amusing, as usual. 

Sun: The story is a fast-moving melodrama, with enough comedy, and it suits 
Cagney from the ground up. He is as flip and as hardboiled as ever. 

Nari Blair at Fox 

E^i^has signed Nan Blair to re- 
^^iSTace John Mock as assistant to Julian 
Johnson. Mock leaves February 1 for 
New York to become Eastern story 
head for the studio. Miss Blair was 
formerly a literary agent. 

900 Out for 20th Showing 

Twentieth Century's trade showing 
yesterday at the Boulevard theatre 
proved very successful. Over 900 ex- 
hibitors from towns between San D'ego 
and Bakersfield came to see "Moulin 


and Company 



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'Roxy' Expected to 
Return to 7th Ave. 

New York. — There is a strong re- 
port here today with all the earmarks 
of authenticity that Sam Rothafel, 
following his resignation from the Ra- 
dio City theatres, may land back at 
the Seventh Avenue Roxy which he 

As the rumors have it, if Herbert 
Lubin can swing the deal, Roxy will 
get a fifty-one per cent interest in the 
theatre if he will return to the Sev- 
enth Avenue. 

Red Cross Party Tonight 

A benefit for flood sufferers will be 
held this evening in the Glendale au- 
ditorium at 8 o'clock under the aus- 
pices of the Red Cross. Among others 
of the film colony who have volunteer- 
ed their services will be Joe E, Brown, 
Pert Kelton, Vince Barnett, Dick 
Powell and Margaret Lindsay, 

'Henry' Wows Chicago 

Chicago, — "Henry the Eighth" is 
the picture that is wowing them in 
this town. It continues a Loop sensa- 
tion after a great run at the United 
Artists by moving into the Roosevelt 
for a stretch. And it is now in its 
third week at sn arty theatre on the 
Lake front. 

gets a test before the cameras today. 
And a lot of the susceptible boys are 
betting that she comes through with 
flying colors, . . . Omigosh, now we 
hear that Bing Crosby has another heir 
or heiress due about May. . . Why do 
they tell us such things so early? 


— who have one screen credit on an American release in the eighteen 
months before January 15, 1934 — 


for Writer Representatives 
on the NRA Motion Picture Code 




Writers not affiliated with the Screen Writers' Guild and Guild Asso- 
ciate members are urged to present their voting qualifications to the 
Credentials Committee, Screen Writers' Guild, Hollywood Center 
Building, Cherokee Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard, before 12 
o'clock noon, January 15, 1934. 

If you lack the necessary screen credit you may present such other 
qualifications as are required of active Guild members, your eligibility 
to be determined by the Credentials Committee. 

No credentials will be issued after 12 noon January 15, 1934; and 
no writer will be admitted to the meeting without authorized cre- 

Active Guild members will receive credentials by mail. Proxies will 
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JANUARY 15, 1934, at 8:30 P.M. 

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'Ian. 10, 1934 



Page TKr«* 


Large Group Ready 
[To Quit Both Unions 

Balloting In the three cornered fight 
which may or may not decide which 
group will represent the sound men 
started yesterday at the Writers' Club 
at 10 a.m. and continued until mid- 
night. It will continue today during 
the same hours. 

Before the polls opened Harold V. 

! Smith, business manager of the lATSE, 
made a last minute effort to persuade 
H. P. Brigaerts, vice president of the 
IBEW, to sanction the election being 
held under the supervision of an im- 
partial committee consisting of Rev. 
James Cunningham, C.S.P., chairman; 
Rev. Harry T. Lewis, Attorney Orris 
Hedges, Attorney Franklin MacCarthy 
and Rev. A. P. C. Anderson. Brigaerts, 
however, with a contract between the 
producers and his union safely in his 
pocket, refused to recognize the va-'^ 
lidity of the election, which is taking 
place without the sanction of the Na- 
tional Labor Board. 

In the meantime some twenty-odd 
sound men from various studios met 
last night in the Bell & Howell audi- 
torium to air their dissatisfaction with 
both unions and attempt another solu- 
tion to this problem. Claiming to rep- 
resent more than 200 sound men 
those at the meeting, under the chair- 
manship of C. S. Pratt, decided to 
mark their ballots A.S.C. in the hope 
that if enough ballots so indicated 
are cast the A.S.C. will find a way 
in which the sound men may be taken 
into their organization. 

i This proposal was placed before the 

i board of directors of the A.S.C, but 
at a late hour last night Bill Stull, 
the board's secretary, said: "It would 
be unethical for me to comment upon 
this question at the present time. I 
can only say that the A.S.C. has neith- 
er refused nor accepted the proposi- 
tion offered us by certain sound men." 
When the polls closed last night 
it was understood that approximately 
300 ballots had been cast. The lATSE 
officials claimed 250, with the re- 
mainder being split between the IBEW 

' and the A.S.C. 

I Rockett Clinches Cast 
t And Starts Next Fox Pic 

Signing Halliwell Hobbes and Rafael 
! Ottiano through Dave Todd, Al Roc- 
kett has placed "All Men Are Ene- 
: mies" into work at Fox. Helen 
Twelvetrees and Hugh Williams rate 
j top billing under the direction of 
George Fitzmaurice. Mona Maris and 
Greta Meyers also set for cast. 

Samuel Hoffenstein and Lenore Cof- 
fee fashioned the screen play from 
the Richard Aldington best seller. 

Morris Tagged by Radio 

Gouverneur Morris has been signed 
through Edington and Vincent to write 
the screen play for "Sea Girl" at Ra- 
dio. Shirley Burden is producing the 

Press Will Greet Colman 

Twentieth Century is throwing a 
press party for Ronald Colman today 
to give the actor a chance to renew 
old acquaintances. 

Strong Arm Work 

The strong arm squad of the 
Screen Actors' Guild, consisting of 
Chester Morris, Bob Montgomery, 
Mary Astor, Boris Karloff and 
Jimmy Cagney, invaded the Colony 
and Clover clubs last night. Ob- 
ject was to sell tickets to the ball 
the Guild is holding Saturday night 
in the Sala d'Oro of the Biltmore. 
And they were successful in a big 
way. Today several squads are 
swooping down on various spots 
around town. 

Fox Wins 'Montez' 
Dispute Over MGM 

New York. — A Hays organization 
arbitration committee today sat on 
the title of "Lola Montez" and a dis- 
pute over it Between Fox and MGM. 

MGM was planning a picture under 
that title by virtue of buying the 
Hearst syndicated feature built around 
the life of the famous California 
charmer. But Fox owned world rights 
to a play by Adolph Paul called "Lola 

Fox won the Hays committee's de- 
cision, so now Hearst and MGM are 
left with an idea without a title, y^ 

Ben Jacksen, Back Home, 
Casting for His Own Play 

Ben Jacksen, former Fox studio 
executive, accompanied by Mrs. Jack- 
sen and their son Raymond, has ar- 
rived in Hollywood for a brief stay 
in connection with his Eastern pro- 
duction activities. While here Ben 
will do some casting in connection 
with the picture version of his play, 
"Big Hearted Herbert," now current 
on Broadway. 

tParadine Case' Dies 

MGM has quietly shelved "Paradine 
/<fase," by Robert Hichens. Story was 
wrangled over as a possible vehicle 
for Greta Garbo, but no go, owing to 
a character problem which could not 
be cracked. 

Lou Holtz Back to Air 

Lou Holtz was set yesterday, 
through the Schulberg-Feldman and 
Gurney office, to app>ear on the 
Fleischmann hour this Thursday with 
Rudy Vallee. 

Burt Kelly Plans 
Return to Indies 

Burt Kelly, of the old KBS unit, is 
completing plans for a return venture 
into the production field. 

The producer has arranged to lo- 
cate at Talisman Studios, taking of- 
fices Thursday. It is reported that 
William Saal, also a KBS alumnus, will 
join Kelly, operating from a vantage 
point in New York. 

It is said that the new company 
will inaugurate a novel development 
in distribution, establishing its own 
organization for first runs in the vari- 
ous territories through its own broad 
contacts and subsequently disposing of 
territorial franchises for the remain- 
der of the field. 

Fox Importations Split 

Plans in New York 

New York. — Those new French ac- 
tors signed by Fox can't agree on 
plans. Erik Charrell has decided to re- 
main in New York for at least ten 
days, but Charles Boyer, French col- 
league, can't wait and will precide him 
to the Coast. 

Radio Pulls Mystery Yarn 

Radio has pulled the Stuart Palmer 
mystery thriller "Murder on the 
Blackboard" off the shelf and has set 
George Archainbaud to direct this as 
his next assignment. 

The murder mystery, which is a se- 
quel to the "Penguin Murder Case," 
is being adapted to the screen by Wil- 
lis Goldbeck. 

May Will Meg Own Yarn 

After turning down a trio of as- 
signments suggested by Columbia, Joe 
May, company's foreign directorial im- 
port, will pilot "World's Record," an 
original story of his own. It is a 
satire on sport champions. 

Censors Worry MGM 

In an effort to combat censorship 
obstacles facing "Should Ladies Be- 
have" in Great Britain, MGM is shoot- 
ing added scenes for the picture be- 
fore shipping it to that territory. 

Tearle Ready for Business 

Conway Tearle yesterday signed a 
managerial contract with Al Kingston, 
who will negotiate the player's deals 
in the future. 


New York. — Administration of the 
NRA code is already striking trouble 
in the east. Although the code speci- 
fies that a forty-hour week shall be 
employed for operators Deputy Admin- 
istrator Rosenblatt has already made 
an exception for Boston and allowed 
a 49-hour week. 

In New York the battle is fierce. 
The unions insist on the 40-hour scale 
set by the code, but without any 
change in weekly pay over the previ- 
ous rates. Regional Chairman James 
F. Hodgson yesterday heard the two 

sides and in the end dodged the issue 
by saying it was something for the 
Government to decide. He said: 

"If there are certain clauses in the 
motion picture code which are loose- 
ly drawn they should be reopened and 
a wording given which will settle these 
factional disputes." 

The situation is complicated by fig- 
ures from the Local 306 which show 
that in the metropolitan district oper- 
ators are working over 40 hours, some 
35 hours, but in most cases are on 
a 36-hour basis. 

The Fifty-fifth Street Theatre pull- 
ed a fast one last week at the time 
they were running "He," a dubbed 
version of a French farce based on a 
story by deMaupassant. It seems that 
in order to attract the attention of 
the dear buying public they (the the- 
atre) had added a subtitle which 
managed to come out in much larger 
typ>e than the real title. This sub- 
title read: "The Virgin Man." Now 
someone walking along the street read 
it, and figuring it was either a chal- 
lenge or a deliberate affront to Amer- 
ican manhood complained to the cen- 
sor board. The censor board sent a 
man around posthaste to demand that 
the management do something about 
it, or else — . The management chose 
to do something about it and manu- 
factured a brilliant new subtitle which 
now reads: "King of the Virgins." 
Which puts an entirely different com- 
plexion on the whole matter. 

Of course, Lillian Gish is about to 
go back to the stage in the Phillip 
Barry play that was originally writ- 
ten to star Maude Adams for her 
Broadway comeback. Miss Gish will 
play a nun in this. . . . Claudia Mor- 
gan's got herself a new play, too. 
She'll have a leading role in Frank 
Merlin's next production, "False 
Dreams, Farewell." And, by the way. 
Miss Morgan is quite the heart-break- 
er around town with at least one 
swain we know of practically dying 
for love of the lass. 

Of course, there's only one trouble 
with a Dorothy Parker story. As soon 
as you've heard it, so has everyone 
eiss, so just for spite because all the 
papers printed the one we wrote yes- 
terday, we'll print the pay-off to it. 
When the remark was repeated to the 
wife of one of our better known ad- 
vertising execs she said, "You mean 
the gamut of emotions from a to a 
flat." . . . And incidentally Miss Hep- 
burn is an excellent example of how 
too much fanfare can act as a terrific 
boomerang. In fact, the whole busi- 
ness of "The Lake" and Mr. Harris 
and Miss Hepburn is a story that's 
just too bad and we hope the same 
thing doesn't happen to Margaret Sul- 
lavan, who, we understand, has prom- 
ised and signed to do a play for Har- 


Buddy Kusel (H. L. to you), the 
third writer in the Kusel family, has 
turned into a right busy shorts 
thinker-upper writing in conjunction 
with Art Jarrett Sr. They've done 
"The Life of the Party," starring Lil- 
lian Miles; "So You Won't Talk," 
with Frank Parker, Meyer Davis. Irene 
Taylor and others, about to go into 
production, and right after that Bert 
Lahr will star in something called 
"Honky Tonk, Jr." at the moment. 
Monroe Shaff is the producer of these, 
which are part of a program of fifteen 
he is making for Van Beuren-RKO 
release, with Leigh Jason directing. 

Pertwee Here Jan. 20 

y Roland Pertwee, who was recently 
added to the Columbia writing staff, 
is scheduled to arrive here January 20. 


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Jan. 10, 1934 



One Act Playlet Is 
Stretched Too Far 


Peggy Fears presents "A Divine Mo- 
ment," by Robert Hare Powell; 
staged by Rowland Leigh; set- 
tings by Dodd Ackerman; at the 
Vanderbilt Theatre. With Peggy 
Fears, Tom Douglas, Charlotte 
Granville, Royal Stout, William 
Ingersoil, Dulce Fox, Roy Gordon, 
Allen Kearns. 
New York. — From what happened 
on the stage of the Vanderbilt Thea- 
tre, it is impossible to judge Miss Fears 
as an actress or Mr. Leigh as a direc- 
tor, but one can take exception to 
Miss Fears' right to call herself a pro- 
ducer. Fol- the first talent of a pro- 
ducer must be the ability to recognize 
a play, and definitely even with a 
great stretch of the imagination "A 
Divine Moment" doesn't for one sec- 
ond come under that classification. 
As a one act playlet one might have 
dismissed if as feeble A. A. Milne 
complex and one could have felt how 
relieved the author must have been 
to have gotten rid of it so easily. Three 
acts of such feebleness just make one 
wonder about Miss Fears and Mr. 

The whole thing takes place in 
Newport with the scenes divided be- 
tween an aged aristocratic spinster's 
bedroom and a very lovely garden. 
The spinster comes from old sea-faring 
stock, thinks everything modern is 
vulgar and is trying to persuade her 
grandnephew to marry a gal who will 
fill the old house with the patter of 
baby feet and keep the lamps full of 
vyhale oil. Well, the nephew finds 
the gal in the garden and brings her 
up to meet Aunty, and Aunty is mov- 
ed to give the couple her blessing 
when she finds that not only can the 
gal indulge in as much whimsy as 
Aunty can, but she comes of the old, 
old stock that pronounces Rockefeller 
correctly, whereas it would seem that 
all nouveaux riches go nice Nellie on 
it and say Rockefetlow. Unfortunate- 
ly the gal happens to be married, but 
fortunately for Aunty Aunty passes 
away before the gal passes out of 
the boy's life forever to go back to 
the husband who doesn't quite under- 
stand her but makes enough money to 
keep her in whims and fancies all the 
rest of her life. 

It isn't as though the play were a 
one girl show for Peggy. Peggy 
doesn't appear until the second act 
and goes out oh, long, long before the 
third act ends. Not only that, but 
her lines are so few and meagre that 
they would try the poise and facility 
of a far more experienced actress. 
Miss Fears is not an experienced ac- 
tress, but she is lovely to look at, 
has a beautiful voice and one can only 
hope she'll be persuaded to go into 
pictures because she seems to be a 
great picture bet. Tom Douglas is 
the only one who manages to rise 
above his lines and turn in an attrac- 
tive performance. The rest of the cast 
just about make the standard set by 
the play. Mr. Leigh should have writ- 

Selling Whole Show 

Paris.- — A Herald news item from 
Moscow states in regard to a pic- 
ture theatre, "Spectators will see, 
hear, smell, feel and taste the per- 

Universal Plans Arty 

Build-up for 'Beloved' 

Planning an exploitation build-up 
on the West Coast similar to that giv- 
en "Be Mine Tonight," which ran for 
over 20 weeks in one house locally, 
Universal has booked the B. F. Zeld- 
man musical, "Beloved," into the 
Fllmarte for an indefinite run starting 
around February 1 . Picture features 
John Boles and Gloria Stuart. 

Studio ran "Be Mine Tonight" in 
art theatres throughout the country 
piling up long runs before its general 
release. Plan is to handle "Beloved" 
in the same manner — at least on the 
West Coast. 

Colleen Moore Finishes 
In Radio's 'Success Story' 

Finishing last night in "Success 
Story" at Radio, Colleen Moore's next 
spot will be as guest star Monday on 
the Shell hour, which is broadcast from 
San Francisco. Radio still has an op- 
tion on her services for another pro- 

Young With Colman 

Loretta Young was definitely set 
yesterday for the lead opposite Ronald 
Colman in his first picture for Twen- 
tieth Century, "Bulldog Drummond 
Strikes Back." Roy Del Ruth will di- 
rect this picture as his first on his 
term contract. 

Moore Confers at Col. 

Grace Moore popped into town to- 
day from Palm Springs to confer with 
Columbia officials on her forthcoming 
picture, "Don't Fall in Love," which is 
set to go in two weeks. 

Minna Wallis Back Home 

Minna Wallis of Collier and Wallis 
agency, arrived here last night from 
New York on the Chief. Her partner, 
Ruth Collier, is still in England on a 
search for material and talent. 

Quarberg Remains at 'U' 

Handing in his script on "Where's 
Brown?" an original newspaper story 
which will star Edmund Lowe, Lincoln 
Quarberg stays on at Universal to write 
an untitled screen play. 

Kent Breaks Into Criterion 

Willis Kent's independent picture, 
"Road to Ruin," breaks through for 
a first run at the Criterion, where it 
opens Friday. Glen Boles and Helen 
Foster in top spots. 

Walt Strenge Heads 
Cameramen's Union 

New York. — Walter Strenge was 
yesterday elected president of Camera 
Local 644 covering the New York ter- 
ritory, and O. V. Johnson, re-elected 
as business manager. 

Strenge, scion of an old cinematic 
family, was on the Pathe staff when 
that organization produced in the East 
and also went to France for that com- 

Frank Smith Story Gets 
Under Way at Paramount 

Douglas MacLean today places 
"Melody in Spring" into work at Para- 
mount under the direction of Norman 

Lanny Ross, Charles Ruggles and 
Mary Boland rate top billing. Story is 
by Frank Leon Smith, Benn W. Levy 
and jane Storm working out the screen 
version. Henry Sharp is handling the 

Para. Signs Pete Arno 

Peter Arno was signed by Para- 
mount yesterday to do the art direc- 
tion and also aid in production ideas 
for the next Bing Crosby picture, 
"We're Not Dressing," which Nor- 
man Taurog will direct. Barney Clazer 
is the producer. 

'Reunion in Vienna' 
Okayed in Austria 

Vrenna — MGM got into an un- 
pleasant mess here with the Austrian 
government over "Reunion In Vienna" 
and for a time it looked pretty bad, 
an official ban being threatened on all 
of the company's product. Officials 
protested the picture, claiming that it 
ridiculed the Austrians by making 
them seem frivolous drunkards. 

However, company's local offices 
went to the bat, dished out a brand 
of diplomacy which the Austrians 
understand and succeeded in smooth- 
ing things over by promising to cut 
the picture so as to make it agreeable. 

Chesterfield Aiming High 
On 'Understanding Heart* 

Emma Dunn and Glen Boles were 
signed yesterday by Maury Cohen for 
Chesterfield's next production, "Un- 
derstanding Heart," which Richard 
Thorpe places into work at the end 
of the week at Universal. 

Charles Grapewin and Billy Bake- 
well are also set. The Boles and 
Grapewin deals went through the Bey- 
er-MacArthur office. 

Grace Moore Col. Pic To 
Be 'Don't Fall in Love' 

Columbia has signed Edward North 
and James Gow to write the screen 
play of "Don't Fall in Love," which 
will be Grace Moore's first picture for 
the studio on her new contract. Leon- 
ard Praskins adapted from a play by 
Charles Beahan and Dorothy Speare. 

ten a play and allowed someone else 
to direct it. And as was mentioned be- 
fore, the garden set of Mr. Acker- 
man's design is very lovely indeed. 

Sound Men 

Vote For New Deal 
Mark Ballot 

A. 5. C. 

who can represent 
you fairly 

Without Strikes! 




Two big musicals are now about Hie town. The bet- 
ter of them is "Going Hollywood," with Marion 
Davies and Bing Crosby. Its moments are musical. 
— The New Yorker. 

Catchy melodies are contributed by Nacio Herb 
Brown and Arthur Freed. — New York Daily Mirror. 

The music is catchy. Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur 
Freed, who wrote "Wedding of the Painted Dolls," 
have collaborated on the ntusical numbers, which 
include "Our Big Love Scene," "Going Hollywood," 
"We'll Make Hay While the Sun Shines," "Temp- 
tation," "Cinderella's Feller," and "After Sun- 
down," any one or all of which may be hits. — New 
York Daily News. 

The songs that Nacio Herb Bro^vn and Arthur 
Freed provide have a tinkle and a lilt. From the 
competent routine sentiments of "Our Big Love 
Scene" and the pleasing little pastoral lyric "We'll 
Make Love When It Rains," they range down to 
that brooding song which Mr. Crosby, loaded with 
whiskey and sorrow, sings across a Mexican bar 
while the glamorous Miss Davies is far away. — 
New York Times. 

There must be laurels, too, for Nacio Herb Brown 
and Arthur Freed. No need to tell you about "After 
Sundown," "Cinderella's Feller" and the other song 
hits they have given, for they're hits already. — New 
York American. 

Frankly, I had the pleasantest possible time at "Go- 
ing Hollywood," which I recommend to you as a 
tuneful, witty, gay and tasteful entertainment. — 
New York World-Telegram. 

"Going Hollywood" is filled with contagious songs. 
If you aren't already whistling or humming the hit 
melodies of the show, by the time you leave the 
theatre you'll be whistling or humming "We'll 
Make Hay While the Sun Shines," "Our Big Love 
Scene," "Cinderella's Feller," "Going Hollywood," 
"After Sundown" and "Temptation." 

Arthur Freed 


Nacio Herb Brown 


Page Six 

Jan. 10, 1934 

Los Angeles and NY 
Name Code Choices 

New York. — Nominations for the 
local Clearance and Grievance boards 
throughout the country are coming in 
rapidly to John Flinn, executive secre- 
tary of the Code Authority. 

Among the territories already listed 
in public are New York and Los An- 
geles. New York nominees are Leo 
Brecher, Rudolph Sanders. Leo Justin, 
Jack Hadden, Maurice Brown, Hyman 
Rachmil, Fred Small, L. F. Blumen- 
thal, Harry Shiffman, Harry Brandt, 
L. 5. Bolignino, Joe Seider and A. H. 

Los Angeles nominees are Howard 
Stubbins, Jack Sullivan, Russell Rogers, 
George Hanes, Harry Hicks, Jack Mil- 
stein, A! O'Keefe, Lou Halper and Ben 

Hays Office Bans 
Composite Photo 

The Com-Pix Company, in conjunc- 
tion with Joe Bonomo of the Institute 
of Physical Culture, has invented a 
process by means of which a photo- 
graph of any person may be printed 
in composite form with any picture 
of that person's favorite movie star for 
a modest fee. 

The inventors approached the Hays 
office for its indorsement but the lat- 
ter, after considering what far-reach- 
ing effects these stills might have on 
American home life, yesterday refused 
the company its okay and warned all 
studios of this ambitious scheme. 

Wellman Swings 
To Radio ForOne 

William Wellman swung over to 
Radio on a one picture loanout deal 
from Twentieth Century yesterday. 
He is reading the Salisbury Field yarn 
"Family Man," which Myles Connol- 
ly is supervising, and will direct that 
picture if he likes the story. 

Wellman was over on the MGM 
lot on a loanout deal to direct "Streets 
of New York," and the studio agreed 
to let him go to Radio, because 
their script would not be ready for 
another two or three weeks, thereby 
saving some salary overhead on the 

Combo Shows Chi Hit 

Chicago. — Apparently they want 
combination shows here because of all 
the Loop houses the only ones doing 
consistent week in and week out busi- 
ness are the Palace and the State Lake 
with that type of offering. The sell- 
ing of pictures as pictures is becoming 
more and more tough. 

Seek Lead for 'U' Serial 

Universal is negotiating with Para- 
mount for the loan of Judith Allen 
for the feminine lead in the serial 
"Vanishing Shadows," Lewis Fried- 
lander directing it under Henry Mac- 
Rae. Deal expected closed today. 

O'Brien Stops in N. O. 

New Orleans. — George O'Brien was 
a stop-over visitor here yesterday on 
his way back to Hollywood. The boy 
got a great local reception from the 
autograph hounds. 

Columbia Musical Chosen 
To Meet Stiff Competition 

New York. — Columbia's musical 
picture is going to get a real break in 
New York — it has been set in for 
the Rialto to open January 17. That's 
going to be a tough week on New 
York competition, as Warners have 
set one of their best, "Fashions of 
1934" to open on January 17 at the 

Healy Spotted As Lead 
in MOM Salvage Job 

Ted Healy has been set for a top 
spot in "Louisiana Lou" at MGM, 
which has been taken off the shelf 
and assigned to Lucian Hubbard to 
produce. Picture is the salvage of 
"Bride of the Bayou," for which the 
studio sent a company to Louisiana 
to photograph background material. 

Wampas to Choose 
Officers for Year 

George H. Thomas, chairman of the 
Wampas nominating committee, has 
submitted to the menf>bership of that 
body the following names from which 
to choose the 1934 officers: 

President, Sam W. B. Cohn, Phil 
Gersdorf; vice president, Eddy Eckels, 
Andy Hervey, John LeRoy Johnston, 
Carlisle L. Jones; secretary, Wilson 
Heller, Milton Howe; treasurer. Perry 
Lieber, John Miles; sergeant at arms, 
Bert Dorris, Frank Pope. 

Board of directors^ Harry Brand, 
Dave Epstein, Dick Hunt, Barrett 
Kiesling, Norman Manning, Herbert 
Moulton, Thornton Sargeant, Maxwell 
Shane, Joseph M. Sherman, Paul Snell, 
Ed Thomas, Hubert Voight. 

Here Are New Pictures 
Now Set For Broadway 

New York. — New pictures of the 
week include "Man of Two Worlds" 
at Music Hall; "Easy To Love," 
Strand; "Sons of the Desert," Rialto, 
on Thursday. Friday, "Eight Girls in 
a Boat," Paramount; "Fugitive Lov- 
ers," Capitol; "I Was A Spy," Roxy. 
Monday, "Myt and Marge," Mayfair. 

Jarrett Hot For Lead at 
MGM With Crawford 

Clarence Brown has done more work 
testing than he will probably have to 
do shooting the picture of "Sadie Mc- 
Kee" for MGM. Yesterday Brown had 
both Arthur Jarrett and Esther Ral- 
ston before the cameras. It looks as 
though Jarrett may get the male lead 
opposite Joan Crawford. 






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• WALTER WINCHELL can mention 
his family, Eddie Cantor can gag about 
his. So perhaps we will be forgiven 
for yielding to a personal note that 
interested us very much last night. 

Our youngster of high school age 
was doing the talking. Unfortunate- 
ly for him, he has probably heard 
enough picture talk since he was able 
to hear, to be inoculated with the 
germs. So his words blend the 
pseudo-wise picture attitude with the 
straight frankness of youth. 

And he said: 
i "The only thing the fellows talk 
about at recess periods in school now 
is the picture they saw the night be- 
fore. Do those big producers realize 
how much business can be made or 
killed by this conversation? 

"The big topic right now is 'The 
Invisible Man.' Instead of football, 
basketball, or anything else, the kids 
are all telling each other how those 
tricks were done. 

"And for every two fellows in a 
crowd of ten who have seen the pic- 
ture, there are eight who have their 
minds made up to see it when they 
get home that night." 

It's cheating in a way to let the 
youngster write this whole Tradeview, 
but we'll just let him give one more 
opinion, and we'll change the subject. 

We asked him for the opinion of 
his "word of mouth advertising group" 
on a number of pictures. And "Prize- 
fighter and the Lady" came up. We 
thought we had him floored. Here 
was one for the kids. What did he 

"Sure, daddy, it was a fine show. 
But they're all kidding about how a 
guy could lose a fight for eight rounds 
and then get a draw in two rounds 
because his girl smiled at him. It's 
the joke of the school." 

Try and tie that. And hide your 
head in a bushel basket the next time 
you think you're making pictures for 
people with LESS intelligence than you 

It can't be done — if you take 'em 
from the age of seven to seventy. 

And having let the youngster run 
over the allotted space, we're going 
to finish on our own. The title "The 
invisible Man" reminded us of some- 

(Continued on Page 6) 

Wilmington, Del. — The reorganiza 
tion plan of General Theatres Equip- 
ment will come up for a hearing here 
February 13. One of the first steps 
will be the ratification of the reduc- 
tion of the debt of GTE to the Chase 
bank of $15,000,000. 

The bank has agreed to participate 
in the reorganization provided the 
bondholders' protective committee 
turns over to the reorganized com- 
pany all claims and to give the reor- 
ganized company an option to pur- 
chase 325,000 shares of Fox A stock 
at $15 a share and Chase to lend the 
new company enough working capital 
to enable it to continue business. 

Dudley Murphy To 
Meg Next Shearer 

Dudley Murphy is slated to direct 
Norma Shearer in "The Green Hat" 
on his one-picture deal with Irving 
Thalberg at MGM. 

He is discussing the story treat- 
ment with Zoe Akins, who is writing 
the script. This story will likely be 
Miss Shearer's next production. 

Cornell Role for Shearer 

Irving Thalberg has secured "Bar- 
retts of Wimpole Street," the play 
about Robert Browning and his wife, 
from Cosmopolitan and will use it for 
a Norma Shearer vehicle. Play was 
originally purchased for Marion Da- 
vies. Katherine Cornell, who has it 
in her repertoire, was sought for the 
lead at the time Cosmopolitan Pro- 
ductions bought the piece. 

Party for Fox Stars 

New York. — The Fox Company was 
host yesterday at a cocktail party at 
the Waldorf to allow the press to meet 
the newest importations, Erik Charrell, 
Charles Boyer and Marcel Vallee. 

New York. — "You fellows who have been demanding Manny 
Cohen's scalp — name me a better man, and I will talk to you!" 
— that was the highlight of an interview with Adolph Zukor 
shortly before Mr. Zukor boarded the Twentieth Century on the 
first lap of his journey to Hollywood. 

It was a new Adolph Zukor — or 
rather the old Adolph Zukor of the 
boom days — whom the writer met. 
He looks well, the lines of worry that 
the depression years put on his face 
are lifting, and he is obviously- — very 
obviously — happy. 

And the grand old veteran is ready 
to roll up his sleeves and go to the 
wars to tell what he thinks of Manny 
Cohen, and the Cohen regime at the 
studio. It was a pleasure to see the 
old Adolph Zukor again, and it was 
big news to hear him talk plain, cold 
turkey, mincing no words on the Para- 
mount situation. 

After giving the keynote — "Find 
(Continued on Page 6) 

Para. Digging Deep 
For Laughton Yarn 

Taking a tip from Alexander Korda's 
"Henry the Eighth," Paramount has 
its nose to the ground in an effort to 
discover a scent that will guide them 
to a similar type of period produc- 
tion as a starring vehicle for Charles 

Wellman Picks 'Stingaree' 

William Wellman has selected 
"Stingaree," out of the several stories 
he read, as the picture he will direct 
for Radio on his one-picture deal. The 
selection was made yesterday. 


New York. — The ban is definitely 
on contests or other stunts in motion 
picture theatres involving giveaways or 
premiums. The decision was reached 
yesterday at a meeting of the Hays 
censorship committee on advertising 
and publicity. 

Warner representatives at the meet- 
ing, headed by Joseph Bernhardt, op- 
posed the ban as taking away a fun- 

damental of showmanship, but ex- 
pressed willingness to abide by the 
rule in order to live up to the letter 
and spirit of the NRA code. 

Col. Schiller of Loew's theatres was 
the chief advocate of the ban, this 
despite the fact that MGM is in the 
midst of one of its most successful 
contest campaigns on "Fugitive Lov- 
ers" opening Friday at the Capitol. 

Warner Pays $35,000 
ForThe DarkTower' 

New York. — Jack Warner grabbed 
one of the play prizes of the season 
while here, closing before his depar- 
ture for the coast for "The Dark 
Tower," Sam Harris hit. 

The reported price for the play is 
$35,000. It is understood that War- 
ren William will play the lead on the 

Stevens Burns Over 'U' 

Serial Assignment 

O.nslow Stevens goes into top spot 
in "The Vanishing Shadow,"' Univer- 
sa!'s next serial. Other members of 
t' e cast will be Ada Ince, Walter Mil- 
ler and Richard Kramer. 

Stevens, who has recently worked 
in pictu-es which he considers of a 
higher quality, is plenty burned over 
this assignment. 

Postpone Tri-Ergon Suit 

New York. — Upon request of At- 
torney David A. Podel, counsel for 
William Fox, trial of the infringement 
suit by the American Tri-Ergon Cor- 
poration against various exhibitors has 
been postponed until January 25. 

Batcheller Back in Town 

George R. Batcheller arrived in Hol- 
lywood yesterday after a three weeks' 
swing across the country visiting ex- 
changes in which his company, Ches- 
terfield Pictures, has an interest. 

Commandini in Hospital 

Adele Commandini, who has been 
writing "Jane Eyre" at Monogram, is 
still in the Wilshire hospital as a re- 
sult of an automobile accident Sun- 
day night. 

Moscowitz on Cruise 

New York. — C. C. Moskowitz of 
MGM has sailed on a West Indies 



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Jan. 11, 1934 


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Barbara Bennett got lonesome again 
the other night and hopped a plane 
for Memphis to spend two weeks of 
one-night stands with Morton Dow- 
ney, .. . . The Warner stujo has a new 
enthusiasm in Donald Woods. . . . 
Virginia Cherrill and David Manners 
are doing a picture together in Eng- 
land. . . . The cause of a recently an- 
nounced rifting between a blonde 
movie star and her hubby is plain 
enough — too much nipping. . . . Clark 
Cable's hoss will run again on Sunday; 
hope she runs as fast as she ran be- 
fore! . . . Which reminds us, Jeanette 
MacDonald lugs her own particular 
side-saddle all over the globe with 
her. . . ..Pat O'Brien has made a cigar- 
smoker out of Dick Powell — with 
sound effects. 


We hear that the Jack Warners may 
reconcile for keeps, in spite of it all. 
. . . Lewis Stone is spending most of 
his time down at the harbor, helping 
"em scrape the barnacles off his new 
boat. . . . Betty Compson gave a cock- 
tail party for Bill Powell and Ronnie 
Colman yesterday and a lot of people 
showed up — but not the guests of 
honor! They were recuperating from 
a party at Colman's the night before! 
. . . Carole Lombard's all excited about 
playing in "Twentieth Century" — her 
best picture break to date! . . . Billy 
Haines will leave for Europe and Egypt 
February 4 — he says he'll be "the first 
ham to float up the Nile"! And that's 
not all he plans to do! . . . Clenda 
Farrell back at work after beating the 


They have a flock of detectives 
guarding the hundred thousand dol- 
lars' worth of fur coats now being 
used on the set for (of all things!) 
"Fur Coats." . . Andy Lawlor has 
himself a good part in "Rip Tide" at 
MGM. . . . The new Lubitsch man- 
sion in Bel Air will be something stu- 
pendous! . . . Didja laff when you read 
Alexander Kirkland's statement that 
"he wasn't interested in pictures any 
more"? The case is really vice versa! 
... A big divorce case was almost 
reopened the other day when the wife 
fell hard for a very funny gag perpe'- 


Other Groups Smile 
As New War Looms 

At two o'clock this morning the 
Sound Men's Union was declared the 
winner of the plebicite held to deter- 
mine the preference of sound men for 
a representative of their own choos- 

The result was: Local No. 695, 
448 votes; American Society of Cine- 
matographers, 93; IBEW. Local No. 
40, 9. There were two blanks and 2 

The average membership of the 
Sound Men's local before the strike 
was 600. The election accounted for 
555, which was by the sound men 
looked upon as a remarkable example 
of loyalty by its membership. 

"The men want the lATSE to rep- 
resent them," said Harold V. Smith, 
business manager of that union, "and 
I intend to do just that. If any pro- 
ducer thinks otherwise after this elec- 
tion I shall insist that the Depart- 
ment of Justice force him to recog- 
nize us in accordance with the Na- 
tional Recovery Act." 

H. P. Brigaertz, vice president of 
the IBEW, decided the day's events 
were not important enough to keep 
him on the firing line. Before leaving 
his office for the day he said; "Let 
them vote their heads off, on this or 
any other question. I have a con- 
tract with the producers, recognized 
by the National Labor Board, which 
gives my union sole jurisdiction over 
the sound men, and that's that. The 
lATSE won the election? So what?" 

C. S. Pratt, chairman of the group 
which marked their ballots A.S.C. in 
the hope a way might be found in 
which the sound men may be taken 
into this organization, claimed some 
sort of moral victory. 

"Whatever the final count may be 
we have proved that there is a large 
group which is dissatisfied with all 
unions, and sooner or later we shall 
follow the A.S.C.'s example and have 
our own organization. The unions' 
only weapon is the strike and look 
where that got us." 

Pat Casey, the producers' represen- 
tative, said nothing at all. He seem- 
ed perfectly happy to let the boys 
fight among themselves to their 
hearts' content, and if none gets off 
with a whole hide, well, that will be 
just too bad. 

In other words the lATSE won the 
election and now the war is on in 

Lombardo Run Extended 

Guy Lombardo and his orchestra were 
brought out here by the Ambassador 
on a four weeks' contract and clicked 
so well that the hotel signed the band 
for another eight weeks. The orches- 
tra is now scheduled to remain there 
until April 1 . 

trated by none other than Raoul 
Walsh. . . . George Cukor gave out 
with an exclusive Chinese dinner at 
his home the other eve — to be con- 

Last Call! 

The way the ticket sale jumped 
yesterday as a result of the Strong 
Arm Squad's work, it looks as 
though a last call will have to be 
sent out to members of the Screen 
Actors' Guild, regarding the ball on 
Saturday evening. Executive Sec- 
retary Kenneth Thompson is trying 
to hold out the remaining tickets 
for "folks who belong." 

Cohn Bows Out of Job 

As Warn pas Prexy 

Sam W. B. Cohn, Roach publicity 
head, yesterday declined the nomina- 
tion to the presidency of the Wampas 
because of the pressure of studio 
work. Cohn and Phil Gersdorf were 
nominated to succeed George Landy, 
whose term ends in March. The or- 
ganization's constitution requires 
nominations for office be made at the 
first meeting in January with the win- 
ners taking office in March, 

Baer Personals Extended 

New York. — Loew's has taken an- 
other three weeks' option on Max 
Baer and will push the champ around 
their circuit for that number of weeks' 
personals in addition to his present 

Incidentally, Jack Dempsey has ar- 
rived here to set the details of the 
forthcoming match between Baer and 
Primo Camera, 

Erin Moore Due Today 

Erin O'Brien-Moore is due to ar- 
rive in Hollywood today for another 
sally at pictures under the Leo Mor- 
rison wing. Player, who created con- 
siderable commer* in recent Broad- 
way plays, was here last year under 
MGM contract, but was lost. This 
time she is determined to try again 
as a free lancer. 

Two More Wind Up 
Wood's MGM Deal 

MGM has set Sam Wood to direct 
two pictures in a row, which will ter- 
minate the director's contract with 
that studio. 

Wood will direct "100 Percent 
Pure," an original story by Anita Loos 
and John Emerson, as his next assign- 
ment, supervised by Bernie Hyman, 
after which he will direct "Forgotten 
Girl," the Wilson Collison story, which 
Harry Rapf is supervising. 

'Scotland Yard' in Trouble 

Laurence Blochman has been assign- 
ed to write a new screen play for 
"American Scotland Yard," which Ed- 
mund Grainger is producing for Uni- 
versal. Treatments by other writers 
have faied to click to date. 


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Photography, Music 

Highlight the Film 

(Bennett Pictures Corp.) 

Story Told by.. ..Henry de la Falaise 

and Gaston Glass 
; Photographed by.. ..William H. Greene 

Titled by Hannpton Del Ruth 

Edited by Edward Schroeder 

Music supervised by Abe Meyer 

and S. K. Wineland 
Cast: All Native. 

Very simple and charming and 
beautiful is "Legong," the picture 
Henry de la Falaise made on the Isle 
of Bali in Technicolor. 

First honors go to de la Falaise for 
having the courage to make the film 
in the first place and for not letting 
it go Hollywood; second honors to 
William Howard Greene, whose cam- 
era has an artist's eye; third honors to 
Abe Meyer and S. K. Wineland for 
the interpretive musical accompani- 
' ment, and fourth honors to the all- 
native cast which lived the simple 
story so vividly. 

"Legong" is as childlike as the na- 
tives who are seen in it. It is un- 
assuming, quietly dramatic, and full 
of a primitive charm. Photographed 
in color, the picture is a jewel — not 
very large, but rare and valuable. 

It is the story of a temple dancing 
girl, Poutou, who falls in love with a 
musician, Nyong. But the Balinese 
believe that when a girl shows love 
which is not reciprocated disgrace and 
shame will fall upon her, and the 
frown of the gods will bring evil to 
her. So when Nyong openly shows his 
preference for Saplak, Poutou's sister, 
Poutou appeases the anger of the gods 
by committing suicide. 

That is all the story — but the rit- 
uals, the dances, the great, spectacu- 
lar cremation ceremony at the end; 
the naive, childlike acting of the na- 
tive cast; the gorgeous photography; 
the music — all these form a colorful 
and charming setting for the simple 
little tale. 

Well, you know your own box of- 
fice, Mr. Exhibitor. This picture is as 
unpredictable as a sunset, but just as 
beautiful. If your audiences like sun- 
sets, give 'em "Legong." If they 
don't go for it, the picture is still an 
artistic success. 

Radio Tags Designer 

Lanvin, internationally known fash- 
ion designer, has been signed by Radio 
on a three-year optional contract. He 
was brought out here by the Schul- 
berg-Feldman and Gurney office. 

Beck Hits Road for 20th 

New York. — Meyer Beck, of United 
Artists, is going out as advance man 
ahead of the big Socony-Twentieth 
Century caravan. Hits the road Mon- 

Col. Likes Hell Cat' 

Columbia likes the sound of the 
title "The Hell Cat" and has com- 
missioned Arthur Phillips to write a 
story to fit. Nothing but the title 
and the writer has been set to date. 

Woods on the Spot 

There won't be any argument 
about the honesty of the count on 
January 15 when writers vote for 
their nominations for the code 
committees. Frank Woods yester- 
day consented to act as teller at 
the election. That settles it. 

Boyle's 'Sweden' Pic 
Well Worth While 


)ohn W. Boyle presents "Sweden, Land 
of the Vikings," in natural color 
with narrative and music. 

New York. — This is a full length 
feature travelogue which, once it gets 
itself off the boat and into Sweden, 
provides one of the mou interesting 
and at the same time educational 
hours that anyone could wish to see. 

Done entirely in color, it captures 
the charm of far places as no mere 
recording in black and white could 
possibly do. And the color work in 
this picture is far superior and easier 
on the eyes than anything that has yet 
come along in that medium. 

Mr. Boyle gives the complete low- 
down on the land of Sweden and its 
people. He carefully remembers and 
pays homage to its fine history and 
then goes on to take you right into 
the lives of the people and the result 
is so good that a great feeling of nos- 
talgia overtakes the onlooker and the 
impulse is to rush right down to your 
favorite travel bureau and make res- 
ervations for the first outgoing Swe- 
dish ship. Not only that, but Mr. 
Boyle found no end of beauty in the 
country that has given us Garbo. In 
fact, the natural blondes of that land 
make the Goldwyn Girls look pallid 
by comparison. So if you have an 
audience that goes for travel pictures 
even the least little bit, you can fea- 
ture this one on your program and 
give the travel lovers a break. And, 
incidentally, give your box office a 
break, too, because, strangely enough, 
"Sweden" is standing them up right 
at the Fifty-ninth Street Theatre. 

Thew Set for Next MOM 

Harvey Thew has been assigned to 
script "The Darling of the Delmoni- 
co's," a new title for "Duchess of Del- 
monico's," in collaboration with Ed- 
gar Allan Woolf at MGM. Thew's 
last was the script of "Operator 1 3," 
on which Allen Rivkin and P. J. Wolf- 
son are now working. Jeanette Mac- 
Donald is slated for the picture. 

Line Up Vallee's List 

With Chic Sale signed yesterday 
through Leo Morrison for his second 
broadcast, the line-up on the Fleisch- 
mann hour tonight includes Lou Holtz, 
Roger Pryor and Stanley Fields. Rudy 
Vallee tops. 

MCM Seeks English Play 

/ MGM is negotiating for the pur- 
/chase of "The Old Folks at Home," 
a play by H. M. Harwood, co-author 
of "Cynara." "The Old Folks at 
Home" is now running in London. 

Goldwyn Busy Man 
In N.Y. Just Now 

New York. — Sam Goldwyn unfolded 
further news about his planned visit 
to Moscow for the premiere of "Nana" 
on his arrival here. 

Goldwyn admitted that he had both 
a play and a writer in mind whom he 
hoped to sign while in the Russian 
capital. Just now he has also set him- 
self in the spot for great publicity by 
announcing that he is seeking "the 
most beautiful girl in New York" for 
the next Cantor picture. 

Incidentally, Goldwyn says the Can- 
tor picture, while having a more seri- 
ous part for the comedian than his 
past screen efforts, will in spite of all 
be "colossal." 

Becky Gardner Again On 
Radio's 'Stingaree' Yarn 

Becky Gardner was signed yesterday 
bv Radio on a one-picture assignment 
and for the third time was assigned 
to write the screen play of "Stinga- 

Radio has again pulled this story 
off the shelf and Irene Dunne is slated 
to do this as her next picture. 

Novis Up For Roach Lead 

Failing to get Ramon Novarro for 
the romantic lead in "Babes in Toy- 
land," Hal Roach is now negotiating 
with Donald Novis for the spot. Stu- 
dio is also testing winners of the na- 
tional Atwater Kent auditions for fea- 
tured spots in the screen version of 
the Victor Herbert operetta. 

Retakes for 'Bolero' 

With retakes needed on the George 
Raft-Carole Lombard picture "Bo- 
lero" and Wesley Ruggles, who direct- 
ed the picture, in New York, Para- 
mount has assigned Mitchell Leisen 
to take over the direction of the re- 

Roy Neill Assigned 

Columbia has assigned Roy Wil- 
liams to direct "Whirlpool," an orig- 
inal screen play by Ethel Hill and 
starring Jack Holt. 

Picture is scheduled for production 
next week. 

Morgan Finishes 'Wench' 

Ainsworth Morgan has completed 
the screen play "Tudor Wench," 
which Radio has set for Katharine 
Hepburn's next, and is now working 
on an original as yet untitled for Fran- 
cis Lederer. 

Reade Adds To Chain 

New York. — Walter Reade, who 
operates in New Jersey and New York 
City, has added the Englewood Thea- 
tre, Englewood, to his holdings. 

New N.Y. Distributor 

New York. — J. D. Trop and Ran- 
dolph Crossley have organized the 
Pinnacle Productions, with plans to 
distribute features and shorts. 


A friend of ours went down to Flor- 
ida for a week or two of warmth and 
sunshine and while down there he 
spent quite some time in the company 
of a big film exec, that is until he 
mentioned the fact one day that a 
banker friend of his was going out 
to Hollywood to produce pictures. The 
film exec was immediately interested 
in the banker's qualifications for such 
a move and asked whether the banker 
had ever had any picture experience. 
It seems that the banker had none. 
The exec then started puffing and 
snorting about how did the banker ex- 
pect to make pictures if he knew 
nothing about the industry, etc., etc., 
and finally came out,' "Why i've 
been in this business for thirty years 
and still don't know pictures " Wnere- 
upon our friend said, "There's an ob- 
vious answer to that remark." And 
the exec, calling up every ounce of 
dignity, replied, "My boy, you're a 
very fresh young man." And stalked 
away, thus breaking up the begin- 
ning of a beautiful friendship. 

The Wednesday Luncheon Club that 
meets on Fridays went back to its old 
haunts for its weekly meeting — the 
place being again made possible by the 
repeal of prohibition. George Bye had 
invited quite a number of people to 
welcome back the intrepid hunter, 
Frank Buck, and then didn't show up 
himself claiming he was snowbound in 
his Connecticut hideout. Anyway Buck 
is back — and with a whole new string 
of stories including his infected leg 
from a tussle, (scratch to you) with a 
honey bear and the one about the py- 
thon that wrapped itself around him 
and which he had to shoot off'n his 
arm. He also got into close quarters 
with a man-eating tiger. We really 
love the Buck yarns, but we always 
have the feeling that one of these 
days he'll have to end one of them 
with the line, "And do you know 
what happened? We were all killed!" 

Crosby Gaige has finally gone into 
production with "A Hat, Coat and 
Glove." Which play has aroused con- 
siderable interest along with plenty of 
casting difficulties. A. E. Matthews 
and Nedda Harrigan head the cast and 
Millicent Green, Lester Vail, Homer 
Mason, Helen Wynn, Romaine Callen- 
dar, Joseph Spurin-Calleia, Clare 
Woodbury, Oscar Berlin and George 
Allison are in support. Gaige himself 
is directing and one of our favorite 
geniuses. Aline Bernstein, is doing the 
sets. . . . Colin Clive seems to have 
found the brightness in this country 
in the very attractive Dorothy Lee, 
whose beauty has smiled at you from 
lotsa ads and who is understudying 
Leona Maricle in "Dark Tower." 

Collison's Assignment 

Wilson Collison has been assigned 
to write the screen play of "Made- 
moiselle" for MGM. Alice Brady and 
Frank Morgan will have the top spots. 

Fox Tempts Comedy Team 

As a resut of their work in "Scan- 
dals," the comedy team of Mitchell 
and Durant are being offered a long 
term deal at Fox. 

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Jan. 11, 1934 




C. Aubrey Smith set for "Elizabeth 
and Mary," Universal. Small-Landau 
represent the player. 

George Meeker into "Melody in 
Spring," Paramount, Set by Beyer- 

Leonard Carey signed through Dolge 
and Corder for "Hit Me Again," War- 

Harvey Clarke for "Countess of 
Monte Cristo," Universal, set by 
Lichtig and Englander. 

Berton Churchill signed for "Men 
in White," MCM. Al Kingston nego- 

Robert Grieg signed for "Wonder 
Bar," Warners. Deal set by Freddie 

Lilian Miles was tested yesterday by 
Universal for a featured spot in a 
Stanley Bergerman production. 

Fred Kohler was signed yesterday by 
Ken Maynard for the second lead in 
"Honor of the West," which Alan 
lames directs. Mitchell Certz of the 
Al Kingston agency set the deal. 

Walter Miller by Henry MacRae for 
heavy in the Universal serial, "Vanish- 
ing Shadows." Howard Seiter office 
set the deal. 

John Davidson for a featured spot 
in "Murder in Trinidad," which Seton 
I. Miller is scripting for the Sol Wurt- 
zel unit at Fox. 

Oscar Apfel into Edwin Carewe's 
"Are We Civilized?" 

Asther and Gibson Set 
In Radio's Dix Picture 

Nils Asther and Wynne Gibson have 
been set by Radio for featured roles 
in the next Richard Dix picture, "The 
Crime Doctor." 

)ohn Robertson has been definitely 
set to direct this picture and produc- 
tion is scheduled to start next week. 

Warren-Dubin Writing 
Mills Bros. Screen Song 

Harry Warren and Al Dubin are 
writinjg the songs Mills brothers will 
sing in "Hot Air," Warners' radio 
story now in the works. 

Healy Doing Two-Reeler 

Ted Healy and his Stooges will 
make another two reeler for MCM 
titled "An Employment Agency for 
Stooges." The comedy sketch was 
written by Herman Timberg. The pic- 
ture will go into production next week 
under the supervision of Jack Cum- 

Del Ruth Finishes Friday 

Roy Del Ruth is scheduled to fin- 
ish "Upperworld" on Friday, a couple 
of days ahead of schedule. The direc- 
tor will then take up his plans for a 
European vacation and his offer from 
Darryl Zanuck. 

Universal Changes Title 

New York. — "The Crosby Murder 
Case" is the new title of Universal's 
production "Special Investigator." 

Pitts, Cold to Script, 
Bows Out on Vallee 

Owing to differences between Zasu 
Pitts and Hal Kuhl, the |. Walter 
Thompson representative for the 
Fleischmann radio hour, the deal 
which had been set for Miss Pitts on 
tonight's program was canceled yes- 

Player is claimed to have evinced 
coolness towards the material which 
George Faulkner and Grant Garrett, 
radio writing aces, conceived for her. 
When she asked to have her managers 
approve it, Kuhl called the booking 
quits rather than argue over it. Also 
canceled out through no fault of hers 
is Virginia Sale, whose deal was con- 
tingent upon Miss Pitts' appearance. 

Girl Lead Delaying 

Col.'s 'Precious Thing' 

Columbia's "Most Precious Thing in 
Life" is all set to go but production is 
being held up due to girl trouble. Di- 
rector Lambert Hillyer and Supervisor 
Bobby North are searching frantic- 
ally for the right femme lead but so 
far have not found one who suits the 

Exhibs Dine Yamins 

New York. — A testimonial dinner 
was tendered to Nathan Yamins, 
New England exhibitor leader and 
member of the Code Authority, by the 
Independent Exhibitors of New Eng- 
land January 9 at the Copley Plaza 
Hotel in Boston. Max L. Levenson, 
vice president, was in charge of the ar- 
rangement committee. 

Scandals' Hit in Philly 

Philadelphia. — "Roman Scandals" 
established a new house record at the 
Aldine Theatre in Philadelphia. In its 
second week the receipts including a 
New Year midnight show far sur- 
passed the money taken in on any 
other production. It will probably 
have a four weeks' run at this theatre. 

'Roberta' in Big Money 

New York. — "Roberta," the Max 
Gordon operetta, is selling out these 
nights and has climbed into the list 
of the five biggest hits in town, and 
what a fine musical picture and fash- 
ion film it will make. 

Sadie' Off Without Man 

Clarence Brown will put the next 
Joan Crawford picture, "Sadie Mc- 
Kee," into production this Friday 
minus the leading man. Larry Wein- 
garten is supervising this production 
for MCM. 

Mancall Joins Majestic 

New York, — E. H. Goldstein, vice 
president of Majestic Pictures, an- 
nounces that Boone Mancall has been 
appointed advertising and publicity 

Coming and Going 

"What we want here," says 
Merian C. Cooper, just back from 
the east, "is nothing but clean pic- 
tures, such as 'Little Women.' " 

Radio yesterday registered the 
title "On the Make" with the Hays 

Fox and Radio Huddle 
Over Foster and Cabot 

Fox and Radio are in a huddle over 
a deal for an exchange of actors. Fox 
wants Bruce Cabot for the lead oppo- 
site Sally Eilers in "Three on a Honey- 
moon" and Radio wants Norman Fos- 
ter in exchange for the lead in "Fin- 
ishing School" opposite Frances Dee. 

The deal for the exchange of these 
two players is expected to be closed 
this week. 

Ohio Exhibs Elect 

Cincinnati.- — The Ohio Valley Inde- 
pendent Exhibitors League of Cincin- 
nati elected the following officers: 
Willis Vance, president; Frank Huss 
Jr., vice president; Harold Bernstein, 
secretary; Harold O. Krent, treasurer. 
Directors are Harold Bernstein, Frank 
Huss Jr., Henry Levy, Leo Stephany, 
William Gerves, Willis Vance, Charles 
Fine, Sam Turk, H. O. Krent. Offices 
are at 1635 Central Parkway. 

Union Watches Code 

New York. — The National Theatri- 
cal Federated Union, a labor group of 
stage hands, operators, musicians, etc., 
in upper New York State, has engag- 
ed Attorney Louis Grilihaus to repre- 
sent them at the code hearings here. 

'Cellini' Goes Back 
To 'Firebrand' Title 

Darryl Zanuck has changed the title 
of the Fredric March-Constance Ben- 
nett co-starring vehicle from "Affairs 
of Cellini" back to "The Firebrand," 
which is the title of the stage play 
from which it is adapted. 

Twentieth Century yesterday signed 
Frances Dee and Frank Morgan for 
featured roles in this picture, the lat- 
ter to portray the same role that he 
played on the stage in the play. Bess 
Meredyth is scripting the yarn and 
Gregory LaCava will direct. 

Ada Ince for 'U' Serial 

Unable to get Judith Allen on a 
loan from Paramount, Universal signed 
Ada Ince for the lead in its forth- 
coming serial "Vanishing Shadows." 
Lewis Friedlander will direct the pic- 
ture under the supervision of Henry 
MacRae. Jerry Mayer's office handled 
the deal. 

Wheeler-Woolsey Hit 

Trenton. — Wheeler and Woolsey 
and Dorothy Lee opened at a theatre 
here in their personal appearance tour 
and broke all house records of that 
theatre to date. They will open at 
the Earl Theatre in Washington next 

Brown Seeks Locations 

Clarence Brown flew up to San 
Francisco yesterday to look for loca- 
tions for his next picture for MGM, 
"Sadie McKee," the Joan Crawford 
starring vehicle. 

United Costumers, Inc. 

W. W. Kerrigan, Pres. 


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)an. 11, 1934 

*FI1^D ME 


Coming Here To 
Help All He Can 

(Continued from Page 1 ) 
me a better man" — Mr. Zukor con- 

"Cohen has done a fine, workman- 
like job for Paramount, and neither 
we ourselves nor any one else can 
name me a man who would have done 
as well. Cohen knows where he is 
going every minute of the day; he is 
turning out product at a reasonable 
cost, delivering it on schedule, and do- 
ing all that for an organization that 
was bankrupt a few months ago. 

"His product is on a par with the 
best, and better than the majority — 
if you don't believe so, ask the ex- 
hibitors who are playing the pictures. 

"He has done all this despite a 
bankrupt condition, and in the face 
of a situation at the studio with high 
strung people who were ready and 
willing to poke fun and sarcasm at 
all our efforts to get out of the hole. 

IT — and Cohen played as big a part 
as any other individual in this effort. 

"Certainly Manny Cohen has his 
drawbacks. Who of us hasn't? There 
are probably a lot of things that he 
does not know about production — but 
he will eventually know those things 
just as he now knows how to turn out 
a product that is averagely good, at 
the right price. A product that is do- 
ing sufficient business for us to meet 
all our obligations, pay all our running 
expenses, and put a substantial profit 
for the year in the Paramount ac- 

Mr. Zukor went on with a state- 
ment which indicated that he real- 
ized Cohen, for some reason or other, 
has missed in handling personnel to 
the point where the studio forces may 
seem disorganized, but he countered 
this thought with the words: "Suppos- 
ing we get a man who can handle the 
personnel, and he lets costs mount, 
and quality slip? — wouldn't we be 
better off to let Manny Cohen work 
his own way out of the personnel 
problem and build up the enthusiasm 
On the lot that you and I would like 
to see at any studio?" 

About this time the quiet-spoken, 
never-excited picture veteran worked 
up to his climax. He said: 

"I have been in this business for a 
quarter of a century, and I will tell 
you now that I have never had a man 
come through for me and my organi- 
zation as Manny Cohen has. 

"When you were here six months 
ago and we talked frankly as we are 
talking now, you asked me questions 
that I could not answer. I had to say 
to you that I 'thought' this and that, 
or 'thought' so-and-so. 

"But now I can tell you definitely 
that Paramount is out of its hole, 
that Paramount will regain its spot in 
this business, and that Paramount will 
hold that spot." 

The time for the train was not very 
far away, which is why he probably 
closed with this thought; 

"I am going to Hollywood to do 
anything and everything that I can to 
help Cohen. I have not been there 


Elissa Landi Steps 
Into Lombard Role 

Elissa Landi will play the leading 
role in the )o Swerling original story 
"Sonata," which was originally sched- 
uled as a starring vehicle for Carole 
Lombard. This will be Miss Landi's 
first vehicle on her long term con- 
tract with Columbia. Joseph Schild- 
kraut has the male lead and David 
Burton will direct. 

Miss Lombard will return to the 
studio later to play the lead opposite 
John Barrymore in "Twentieth Cen- 
tury" as the last picture on her three 
picture deal with Columbia instead. 

Writers Still Lifting 

George Thomas said that the 
next time he goes to the Writers 
Club he'll wear a bathing suit. 
A year ago someone stole George's 
hat apd last Tuesday night some- 
one walked off with his overcoat. 
If things keep on going the way 
they are now, George will likely 
join a nudist colony. 

MGM Speeding Up 
Beery-Cooper Yarns 

MGM has started preparation on 
three Wallace Beery-Jackie Cooper co- 
starring vehicles and will make an 
attempt to put out some more box 
office smashes similar to "The 

The studio is preparing a story titled 
"O'Shaughnessy's Boy," which is 
scheduled to be Charles Reisner's next 
directorial job, one titled "Cabby," 
the Michael Simmons original, which 
is being adapted by the author and 
Lou Breslow, and an untitled story 
which John Mahin is scripting to be 
directed by Victor Fleming. The lat- 
ter is a Hunt Stromberg production. 

'Monte Cristo Countess' 
Finally Set on Cast 

Replacing Roger Pryor with Paul 
Page for the juvenile lead and adding 
Carmel Myers to the cast yesterday, 
Universal puts "Countess of Monte 
Cristo" into production today. Page, 
who has been out of pictures since 
an automobile smash-up three years 
ago, was set by the Artigue agency. 
Karl Freund directs from the Karen 
de Wolf screen play with Fay Wray 
and Paul Lukas in the leads. 

Universal Rushes Prints 
Of French Train Wreck 

New York. — Special pictures of the 
appalling French train wreck in which 
almost 200 were killed during the 
holidays were rushed to United States 
screens by the Universal newsreel dur- 
ing the past weekend as the result of 
a striking instance of newsreel enter- 
prise. The picture arrived aboard the 
Europa late Thursday night. Allyn 
Butterfield, editor of the newsreel, 
rushed it to Universal exchanges as a 
special rather than wait until this 
week's newsreel issues. The Univer- 
sal newsreel staff worked all Thursday 
night for shipment Friday to all parts 
of the United States. 

Wald Van Beuren Exec 

New York. — Jerry Wald, who has 
just arrived from the coast, will be 
the story editor and associate pro- 
ducer of the Meyer Davis-Van Beuren 
organization, which has dropped the 
name of Magna Pictures. 

Marjorie Ford Has Hopes MGM Buys Caffey Story 

Starting the ball rolling with Irv- 
ing Thalberg for a possible term deal 
for the player, Jack Gardner is bring- 
ing Marjorie Ford out from New York 
in order to put her through the paces 
for the MGM producer. 

Player appeared in "Little Jesse 
James" and "Shady Lady." She ar- 
rives Saturday. 

Waxman Exploits Film 

New York. — A. P. Waxman will 
handle publicity, exploitation and ad- 
vertising on Messmore and Damon's 
"World a Million Years Ago," which 
was one of the attractions at the 
World's Fair. Picture opens at the 
Warner Theatre here January 18. 

fslew York. — MGM announces here 
he purchase of a story by Edward 
Hope Caffey called "Calm Yourself," 
which is likely to be Robert Mont- 
gomery's vehicle. 

Alt Coulding at Col. 

Columbia has signed Alf Goulding 
to meg the next Lou Holtz short. 
Comedy has been scripted by Tommy 
Dugan. Zion Myers produces. 


(Continued from Page 1 ) 

since August. But I am not going 
there to make trouble. I am going 
there to help in any way I can to find 
out how we can overcome any weak- 
nesses that exist." 

And just before he ran for the train 
he repeated the keynote of the whole 

"Cohen will do until a better man 
comes along. And name me a better 

Junior Laemmie deserves a wagon 
load of orchids on this one. It is an 
honest-to-goodness SHOW. It will 
be bringing money back to Universal 
twelve months from now when some 
present supposed hits have died the 

And Junior made it over the oppo- 
sition of everybody. 

Maybe it was some of that same 
youthful psychology that has wander- 
ed about the above paragraphs. 

But at any rate it was SHOWMAN- 
SHIP. Give him a hand. 

76 pa^s and cover 

COVER Constance Cummings 

(Twentieth Century) 
PubliciiY Space (Approximate) 

Warners 530 sq. inches 

MCM 508 sq. inches 

Paramount 474 sq. inches 

United Artists 457 sq. inches 

Fox 357 sq. indie* 

Radio 1 39 sq. inche* 

Columbia 80 sq. inches 

Universal 40 sq. inches 

Shadoplay, "spill-over" magazine 
sister of Photoplay, comes out the lit- 
tle end of the horn for January. Stor- 
ies are trite and art is mediocre. 

"Nobody Wanted Dressier," by 
Vera Mason; "I Don't Want to Be 
Funny" (Aline MacMahon), by the 
same author; and a fictionization of 
"Advice to the Lovelorn," by Virginia 
Maxwell, are the only items worth 
mentioning with any enthusiasm. 

Other yarns are "The Miracle of 
Arrowhead Springs," by Sally Reed; 
"When a Hollywood Star Comes to 
Broadway," by Helen Ware; "A New 
Way to Crash Hollywood," by Richard 
Fulton; "Mae Answers the Letter of 
Her New Boy Friend," by Hester 
Lane; "So This Is Wonderland," by 
Grace Merton; "Wanted: A Wife" 
(Lyle Talbot), by Rita Ryan; "The 
Friendly Triangle" (Forbes, Brent and 
Chatterton), by Dana Rush; "The 
Pineapple Pirate" (Frank Melton), by 
Kirke Rascom, and "Borrowed Into 
Fame," by George Worth. 



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Special weekly and monthly rates 

The Plaza is near every- 
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Hollywood. Ideal for bus- 
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Every room has private 
dressing room, bath and 
shower. Beds "built for 
rest." Every modern con- 
venience. Fine foods at 
reasonable prices. Conven- 
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Evening Standard — Technically and 
photographically it is admirably done. 

Daily Mirror — The photography is 

Daily Film Renter — The film is not- 
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Says the Press 

Funny Bone Gets Workout 
'*ln the Money" 

(Chicago Tribune) 

Q_ALL "In The Money" anything but 
a bundle of nonsense and you'd 
be stretching half a dozen points. But 
characterize it as ingratiatingly amus- 
ing idiocy and you'll be telling the 
truth, the whole truth and nothing 
but the truth. 

"In the Money" is the story of the 
Higginbotham family — a collection of 
nuttier nuts than the Marx boys ever 
dreamed of being. 

Maybe all of this doesn't look fun- 
ny written, but if the movie itself 

doesn't reduce you to a state of help- 
less laughter, I miss a guess. 

Warren Hymer is swell as Gunboat. 
All the other acting is just as it 
should be and direction is perfect. Ap- 
parently everybody connected with the 
piece took it in the spirit in which it 
was written — and the result is an 
hour of simple enjoyment for the ob- 
server. HOW simple you couldn't 
fathom without beholding "In The 
Money" for yourselves. 


State- Lake Crowd Roars as 

'1n the Money" Shows 

Antics of Family 

(Chicago American) 

Like another shot of "Three Cornered Moon"? "In The 
Money" is your prescription. 

The State-Lake screen offering unfolds a plot very similar 

to the Rimplegar family's ups and 

downs. Another screwy menage, 
motherless this time, featuring an in- 
ventor father who occasionally blows 
up the house by mistake, and a mot- 
ley assortment of brothers, sisters, and 
in-laws, shepherded by Lambie, the 
big sister. 

Little sister goes in for nudism and 
eugenics and shows up one eventful 
day with a prize fighter for a pros- 
pective husband. Warren Hymer is 
th^ title challenger who decides to 
give up the manly art in favor of 
Shakespearean histrionics. His man- 
ager, played by Skeets Gallagher, 
doesn't take too kindly to this propo- 
sition and starts a campaign to change 
his pug's mind, if any. 

The situation is further compli- 
cated by a sister who has artistic lean- 
ings and a yen for the Left Bank, and 
who is married to a third-rate actor. 
Also by a young brother who takes 
joy in risking his neck on a motor- 

The family finances fall suddenly 
and Lambie tries to make the others 
realize their plight. In an effort to 
bring home a little bacon, young 
brother, played rather self-conscious- 
ly by Junior Coghlan, gets himself bad- 
ly hurt in a motorcycle race. Five fig- 
ured money then becomes a grim ne- 
cessity if buddy is to have the impor- 
tant operation, which will restore the 
use of his legs. 

The only source of some quick cash 
is the championship boxing bout, 
which will net prize fighter "Gun- 
boat" $65,000, win or lose. All that 
stands in the way is Gunboat's new- 
formed prejudice against fisticuffs. 
Smart manager Skeets finally takes 
care of that, just in the nick of time. 
Then Skeets and the good sister (Lois 
Wilson) — well, you know the rest. 

"In The Money" is amusing ... in 
fairness it must be chronicled that the 
State-Lake audience roared. 




Produced by 


Directed by Frank Strayer 
Story by Robert Ellis 

CAST: Skeets Gallagher, Lois Wilson, 
Warren Hymer, Sally Starr, Arthur 
Hoyt, Junior Coghlan, Erin La Bisson- 
ier, Harold Waldridge, Louise Beavers. 



Say the Critics 

"In the Money" 



(Chicago Daily News) 

I N THE MONEY" is the story of the 
financial straits of a screwy family — 
much the same sort of folks you meet 
in "Three Cornered Moon," the Mary 
Boland, Claudette Colbert picture — 
and the manner in which they are 
solved by a yet screwier prize fighter 
and his quick-witted manager. 

It is, of course, comedy, with just 
a dash of near-tragedy for flavor. It 
concerns the household of the wealthy 
but woefully absent-minded scientist, 
Prof. Higginbotham; his daughter, 
Lambie, the eldest, who mothers the 
widely assorted sack of nuts; Babs, 
whose interest in biology is centered 
about a man with a capital M; Genie, 
whose head is in the clouds in art; 
her husband (who lives on the fam- 
ily), Lionel, whose motto is "Down 
With Capitalists"; and Dick, a sane 
youngster in military school. 

Although this one is an "indepen- 
dent" picture, it packs a lot of 
laughs, with every one of the family 
contributing his share, and with just 
enough romance between Mr. Galla- 
gher and Miss Wilson. 

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Rosenblatt Announces Labor 
Group and Committee To 
Handle Problems Of Extras 


•WE have an idea that quite an in- 
teresting discussion could be worked 
up in an attempt to answer the ques- 
tion: "Where are tomorrow's produc- 
tion executives coming from?" 

What's your opinion? 

Will the pooh-bahs of, let us say, 
five years from now, come from the 
ranks of the writers, the directors, film 
editors, or what? Or will some of the 
i new timber be, like Manny Cohen, 
transplanted from the eastern fields? 

Look around the lot on which you 
are working now. You are undoubt- 
edly rubbing shoulders with someone 
who will be tomorrow's big shot. 

How good are your powers of 


Taking relief in hindsight ourselves 
] we have just made a brief mental sur- 
I vey and come up with a strong im- 
pression on the number of writers who 
eventually make producer material. 

Off-hand some of the names that 
come to mind are Darryl Zanuck, Lu- 
cien Hubbard, Benjamin Clazer, the 
Jones-McNutt team, and the newest 
writing recruit to producing ranks, 
Howard Green. 

There are many others. But just 
about the time you get impressed with 
the number of writers who don execu- 
tive togas, you find yourself going 
down a list of names that just can't 
be catalogued. 

So perhaps it is that office boy 
whom you just sent out for a pack of 
cigarettes who will be guiding tomor- 
row's pictures. 


It's an interesting game, this guess- 
ing on the futures of men and an 
industry. Try it. 

We played it the other day with an 
executive on a big lot, and after much 
scratching and forehead creasing, 
he came up with the names of two 
men on the lot who, in his opinion, 
were potential big time material. 

And it's one of the biggest lots. 

After which we came to the doleful 
conclusion that if we took in all the 
lots we'd have a hard time finding a 
half dozen men destined to wear the 
big shoes tomorrow. 

But the funny part about it is that 
some insignificant film cutter whom 
we were passing by without a thought 
is probably the Irving Thalberg of 

Coldwyn Sour on Code 

New York. — In a statement to- 
day Samuel Coldwyn asserted that 
if code conditions are lived up to it 
will cost the big studios as much 
as $1,000,000 a year more to op- 
erate. Coldwyn added that he has 
not as yet signed the code. 

lATSE Tries Again 
With Court Action 

L. C. C. Blix, business representa- 
tive of Local 37, lATSE, has receiv- 
ed permission from the members to 
file another suit against Local 40 to 
enjoin members of the latter union 
from working in studios over which 
the lATSE claimed jurisdiction. In 
the first suit the court ruled in favor 
of the IBEW. 

Attorneys for the lATSE are work- 
ing on the new case and expect to file 
papers within ten days. 

Lubitsch Spikes Rumors 
About Eastern Production 

New York rumors that Ernst 
Lubitsch was slated to go east for 
Paramount and supervise the making 
of twelve pictures for next year's pro- 
gram at the Long Island studio were 
discounted yesterday by the director. 
Lubitsch says he knows nothing of the 
plan. There is a possibility that it is 
one of the things in Adolph Zukor's 
mind on his coming visit to the studio. 

Emanuel Due Feb. 15 

Jay Emanuel, publisher of the im- 
portant "Exhibitor" group of papers 
in the east, is now due to arrive here 
for a studio survey on February 1 5. 

Washington. — The code machinery is reaching the function- 
ing stage with the naming by Administrator Rosenblatt today of 
two of the most important committees in the set-up under which 

the industry will function for 
named today are the Studio Labor 
Committee and the "Standing Com- 
mittee for Extras." 

Members of the Labor Committee 
follow: Pat Casey, Al Berres, producer 
union contact; Ed. Smith, Musicians; 
(Continued on Page 2) 

Ford Bids High 
For Radio Talent 

New York. — Henry Ford has open- 
ed the gold bags and is out after the 
biggest screen and stage names for a 
national broadcast to start February 4. 

Will Rogers has been signed as the 
first guest star. Ford is also dealing 
with Maurice Chevalier, who is asking 
$8000 per appearance, with the deal 
apparently a stalemate. 

Charlie Mack Auto Victim 

Mesa, Arizona. — Charlie Mack, of 
the famous "Two Black Crows" team, 
was killed here last night in an auto 
accident. Mrs. Mack is in the hospi- 
tal, seriously injured. Mr. and Mrs. 
Moran, accompanying Mack to the 
coast for the making of Educational 
shorts, escaped with minor injuries. 
Mack was 46 years old. He was the 
owner of the "Black Crows" title. 


Reliance May Do Pic 

Washington. — First operation of 
the NRA machinery in preventing 
strikes has proven successful in Chi- 
cago, where theatres and projection 
machine operators have managed to 
settle their differences amicably and 
called off a prospective war. 

The arbitration was made with the 
assistance of the NRA and as pro- 
vided in the code. 

Rather proud of the result, the NRA 
headquarters yesterday issued this 

"The motion picture code calls for 
arbitration of labor disputes and pro- 
(Continued on Page 7) 

At Biograph Studio 

New York. — Eddie Small's Reliance 
Company js considering a deal to make 
one picture at the Biograph plant in 
New York, which is being operated 
by Consolidated-RCA interests as a 
challenge to Erpi supremacy in the 

Ben Stoloff, who just clicked with 
"Palooka," has been offered the di- 
rectorial helm. 

some time to come. The two 

MCM Interested in 
Roxy Theatre Plans 

New York. — MCM's hand is under- 
stood to be involved in new financing 
plans being considered for the Seventh 
Avenue Roxy. N. L. Nathanson. A. C. 
Blumenthal and Halsey Stuart Com- 
pany, have put forth a plan by which 
they w.ll take over the theatre pro- 
vided present bondholders agree to 
take a new issue of stock as a swap 
for their bonds. 

MCM figures in the deal on an an- 
gle that will give them a choice of 
dates at the house to tie in with their 
Capitol show and avoid delays in 
breaking pictures in the territory. 

Ray Long in East for Fox 

^^lew York. — Ending a wild variety 
of rumors about. the Fox eastern story 
post it may be stated that Winnie 
Sheehan will name Ray Long to the 
post before the end of this week. 
Long is at present doing special work 
at the studio. 

Acad. Meets Tuesday 

The board of directors and the ex- 
ecutive committee of the Academy 
will hold a meeting Tuesday night. 
Hope to decide a course for the or- 
ganization to follow in the future. 

Dubinsky to Court on Code 

Kansas City. — The Dubinsky Cir- 
cuit here is planning to go to court to 
find out if there are any teeth in the 
NRA code provisions regarding theatre 

Laemmie Jr. Sails Feb. 3 

Junior Laemmie, accompanied by 
Harry Zehner, leaves for New York 
the end of the month. They will sail 
on the lie de France February 3. 

McDonough Leaves Sat. 

New York. — j. R. McDonough, the 
grand poo-ba of Radio, will finally get 
off for his studio visit this Saturday. 

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Jan. 12. 1934 

W. R. WILKERSON Editor and Publisher 

ROBERT E. WELSH Managing Editor 

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Published everv dav with the exception of 
Sundavs and Holidays. Subscription rates, 
including postage, per year in the United 
States and Canada. $10. Foreign, $15. 
Single copies, 5c. Entered as second class 
matter June 4, 1932, at the Post Office 
at Los Angeles, under the act of March 3, 

So George Cukor gave a very select 
Chinese supper. David Selznick, f'r- 
instance, selected the most fragile 
chair in the room to lean upon, with 
terrible results. He selected a very 
fancy lampshade to toy with, too, and 
after most of the crystal ornaments 
had fallen off, and after a couple of 
settees had given 'way, and the radio 
just got tired and stopped — Cukor 
gave in and announced publicly that 
the house would soon be completely 
redecorated. The eminent director 
lost several pounds (not that he 
couldn't spare them!) trying to keep 
his guests comfortable, and finally 
compromised by lighting a roaring fire 
in the grate and opening all the doors 
and windows. He was very upset. 
Among those who "ate his good food 
and drunk his good likker" and who 
tried to win an argument with Myron 
Selznick, were Carole Lombard, Billy 
Haines, Lewis Milestone, Herbert Mar- 
shall, the Mesdames Selznick and a 
gorgeous brunette. 

A big chunk of Hollywood turned 
out for Gene Austin's debut at the 
Clover Club Wednesday night — and 
the boys he has with him are not bad 
— not bad at all. Especially the bass- 
fiddle feller. Glimpsed in various sec- 
tions of the late spot were Lou Holtz 
with Helen Vinson, Lou still being in 
pursuit of charm; Colleen Moore, Ad 
Schulberg, the Felix Youngs, Ann 
Sothern (nee Harriet Lake), Roger 
Pryor, the Fred Peltons, Mary Car- 
lisle, Edgar Allan Woolf, Sam Cos- 
low, Esther Muir, Count Carpegna, 
Hugo Riesenfeld, Eddie Silton, Claudia 
Dell and more. 


You'd be surprised to know what 
heavily married director asked for the 
telephone number of a visiting N. Y. 
beooty a few weeks ago. Which was 
all right — because the girl figured he 
meant to give her a part in the pic- 
ture he was just starting. But the 
director made the mistake of waiting 
until the picture was finished before 
calling the number — and met with the 
icy retort. Y'see — the girl wasn't in- 
terested in his society at all — besides 
which she didn't dream this particu- 
lar husband would be using the dials 
■ for a date! 


March and Unusual 
Direction the Tops 


Directed by Mitchell Leisen 

Story by Alberto Casella 

Adaptation by.. ..Maxwell Anderson 

and Gladys Lehman 

Photography by Charles Lang 

Music directed by Nat Finston 

Cast: Fredric March, Evelyn Venable, 
Sir Guy Standing, Helen Westley, 
Henry Travers, C. P. Huntley, 
Cecil Patrick, Kent Taylor, Kath- 
leen Howard, Katherine Alexan- 
der and Otto Hoffman. 
Fredric March has another individ- 
ual success to his credit, as important 
artistically and dramatically as "The 
Royal Family" and "Dr. Jekyll and 
Mr. Hyde. 

"Strange Holiday," which used to 
be "Death Takes a Holiday," is one of 
the most relentless pieces of fantasy 
ever to reach the screen, and in spite 
of an intelligent, well-balanced, con- 
sistent cast, March easily dominates. 
Of course, the part itself is dominat- 
ing, but, in lesser hands, the Dark 
Figure would have been a terribly in- 
effectual peg upon which to hang the 
tenuous drama. March, with long, 
sinister strides, walks away with the 

It is the story of Death, who is giv- 
en three days in which to live as a 
mortal and discover why human beings 
fear him so. Of course he falls in love, 
and he finds that life is not nearly so 
simple and peaceful as death, and that 
the losing of love is the darkest of 
tragedies. And after the three days 
are up, he leaves his human form, tak- 
ing with him the girl who taught him 
what life is, still wondering what there 
is about death that is so fearful. 

This film is what dreams — and 
nightmares — are made of, but so per- 
suasively is it presented, so romantic- 
ally is it set, that any audience, no 
matter how slap-stick minded, will 
find in it an evening's full, but 
strange, entertainment. 

Sir Guy Standing stands out beau- 
tifully as the Duke who is the un- 
willing host of Death; Evelyn Venable 
is misty and charming as the young 
girl and everybody else in the cast 
forms an effective background. 

The direction by Mitchell Leisen is 
careful, exact, and luminous. Max- 
well Anderson and Gladys Lehman 
handled Alberto Casella's play with a 
poetic and sympathetic understanding, 
and the photography of Charles Lang 
is beautiful. Nathaniel Finston's mu- 
sical accompaniment is superb. 

This is a picture for the discrimi- 
nating audience, but nobody will fail 
to be impressed, in one way or an- 
other, by it. The March fans, who 
sang his praises after those two earlier 
pictures and who wish to see him 
again in full dramatic regalia, will rave 
about "Strange Holiday." But the 
picture is like an olive — or an avo- 
cado — not everybody likes them, be- 
cause they have such a distinctive and 
different flavor. 


After reading an article in Lib- 
erty by Adela Rogers St. Johns, in 
which she praised him highly, 
George Cukor sent the following 
wire to the writer: "Just finished 
reading your article in Liberty Will 
You Marry Me.'" 

$4000 a Crack for Marx 
Duo on Radio Show 

New York. — Harpo Marx, back 
from Russian triumphs, will rest while 
brothers Croucho and Chico take to 
the air for the paltry stipend of $4000 
per broadcast. 

The new Marx Brothers show, now 
being written by Irving Berlin and 
Moss Hart, will go into production 
early in the Fall season. 

Fox Signs Starrett 

Charles Starrett was signed yester- 
day by Fox for the lead opposite Sally 
Filers in "Three on a Honeymoon," 
which will be directed by James Tin- 
ling. Starrett just completed a fea- 
tured role in "Transient Love" for 
Radio. The deal was made through 
the Collier-Wallis office. 

Flu Hits Bachmann 

New York. — Jack Bachmann, here 
to settle next year's program and pos- 
sibly tie in with Majestic, has been 
laid low with an attack of the flu. 

Para. Gets Sothern 
For One-Pic Deal 

Paramount has signed Ann Sothern 
on a one picture deal to play the fem- 
inine lead in "Melody in Spring" 
which Norman McLeod will direct un- 
der the supervision of Douglas Mac- 
Lean. Miss Sothern is on her six week 
lay-off period at Columbia, having 
just finished the lead in "Let's Fall In 

First Division Entertains 

New York. — First Division Pictures, 
the Harry Thomas organization, will 
hold a house warming Saturday at their 
new quarters in the RKO building. 

Code Committee 

(Continued from Page 1 ) 

Do YoD Realize 

that you must provide today for the comforts 
of tomorrow. To do this you should adopt a 
policy of placing a definite amount of your 
income in sound investments. 

High grade Municipal bonds for years have 
been the choice of conservative investors who 
require safety of principal, together with a de- 
pendable income. They have stood the test of 
the past three years, and those fortunate 
enough to have placed their funds in such se- 
curities find themselves today with their in- 
vestments unimpaired. 

Are you following the same policy? 



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Dick L'Estrange, of the Assistant Di- 
rectors and Scripters union. 

The committee to handle the prob- 
lems of motion picture extras is head- 
ed by Dr. A. H. Giannini, of the Bank 
of America, and includes Mabel Kin- 
ney, Mrs. Una N. Hopkins, Fred Pelt- 
man, Dave Werner, M. H. Hoffman, 
B. B. Kahane, Pat Casey, Charles Mil- 
ler, Larry Steers, Lee Phelps, Allen 
Garcia and Fred D. Burns. 

Miss Kinney, M. H. Hoffman, B. B. 
Kahane, Charles Miller and Larry j 
Steers will be the executive commit- 
tee of this body. 

Jan. 12, 1934 



Page Three 



Script, Direction 
Come in for Bows 

Pic Can't Overcome 
Robson Miscasting 

( Metro-Coldwy n-Mayer ) 

Directed by Charles F. Reisner 

Story by Dudley Nichols 

and LaMar Trotti 

Screen Play by Zelda Sears 

and Eve Greene 

Photography by Len Smith 

Produced by Lucien Hubbard 

Cast: May Robson, Jean Parker, Lewis 
Stone, Mary Forbes, Reginald 
Mason, William Bakewell, Tad 
Alexander, Walter Walker, Regi- 
nald Barlow, Claude Giilingwater. 
Surely the height of something or 
other is reached by Metro-Goldwyn- 
Mayer when May Robson is made to 
play the mother of a 1 2-year-old boy. 
There is not an actor in Hollywood 
who does not honor her for her vigor- 
ous years, a producer who does not 
appreciate her box office value, or a 
fan who will not be appalled at this 
piece of casting. 

Miss Robson has an especial appeal, 
but it is not that of young mother- 
hood. All the way through the some- 
what long "Rich Widow" (temporary 
title for "Old Hannibal") the audi- 
ence waits for the big scene when she 
j will be disclosed as the child's grand- 
I mother or old nurse, and that is the 
reason the audience filed out without 
I applause. 

I The tale deals with a woman em- 
'I bittered at being left waiting at the 
ij church by a young banker. What did 
i she expect? They're always up to 
ii tricks. To show what she thought of 
ij bankers she married a spendthrift. 
Then, to show what she thought of 
spendthrifts, she became a miser. 

Her child goes to a charity ward. 
She lives in a miserable room. And 
I she speaks crossly to all of her child- 
hood friends. 

Throughout her life she cherishes 
venomous hatred of the banker. Panic 
in Wall Street gives her a chance to 
show it. Craftily she lends him money 
on a demand note and calls it in a 
few hours later. This bit of high 
finance enrages her son to such an 
extent that he flings off with the 
banker's daughter to become a report- 
er. He wasn't interested in making 
money, anyway, so that is one con- 
vincing note. 

May Robson's expected hearty em- 
phasis draws laughs in many heavily 
played scenes. The rest of the cast 
has nothing much to do. Lewis Stone 
plays the banker, William Bakewell 
her son as a man, Tad Alexander as 
a boy. Other roles are taken by Regi- 
nald Mason, Walter Walker, Reginald 
Barlow, Claude Giilingwater and Mary 

Two talky sequences dragged in to 

explain events which transpired in the 

r past might just as well have been 

spoken in asides, so creaky are they in 

screen play construction. 

Here is a swell story of a colorful, 
credible character muffed mainly by 
miscasting, but possibly still salable 
with emphasis on Miss Robson's re- 
cent successes and the story itself. 

Will Revise Code 

New York. — The general feel- 
ing among picture execs and lead- 
ing exhibitors here is that the mo- 
tion picture codes will be reopened 
for drastic changes when the big 
code gathering on all industries is 
held in Washington next month. 

Rip Van Winkle' Up on 
Eddie Small's Schedule 

Edward Small is making plans to 
make a modernized film version of 
"Rip Van Winkle" for Reliance Pic- 
tures. The producer has engaged Her- 
bert Fields to write an original story 
based on this idea, which will be pro- 
duced as a musical. 

Arlen Marine Yarn Goes 
Info Work Next Week 

Paramount will put "Come On 
Marines" into production next week 
with Richard Arlen in the top spot. 
Erie Kenton will direct. 

This production has been on and 
off the Paramount production sched- 
ule for the past year and a half. 

Radio Interested In 

Dreiser's 'Sister Carrie' 

Radio is negotiating for the screen 
rights to the Theodore Dreiser novel, 
"Sister Carrie." Vivian Gaye of the 
Polimer-Joy agency, while in New 
York, made a deal with Dreiser to 
handle the sale of the screen rights of 
his works. 

Andrews on Col. Deal 

Columbia yesterday signed Del An- 
drews to a one-picture deal. Direc- 
tor will be given an assignment in 
the near future. Andrews was signed 
to meg "Murder at Rexford Arms" 
about a month ago for the same plant, 
but didn't go through with the deal. 

*Sonata' Under Way Tues. 

With Elissa Landi and Joseph 
Schildkraut set in the top spots, Co- 
lumbia will definitely put "Sonata" 
into work next Tuesday to make a 
March 12 release date. Picture will 
be directed by David Burton from the 
Jo Swerling script. 

Lachman Starts on 'Follies' 

Thornton Freeland wound up the 
dramatic and dialogue sequences of 
George White's "Scandals" at Fox 
yesterday, leaving Harry Lachman 
handling the balance of the picture. 
Lachman directs the dance numbers. 

Laemmie Host at Stag 

Celebrating his sixty-seventh birth- 
day, Carl Laemmie will be host at an 
informal stag party at his home Janu- 
ary 17. Laemmie was born in Laup- 
heim, Germany, in 1867. 

Tidden-Kingston Split 

Fritz Tidden resigned from the Al 
Kingston agency yesterday, planning 
other connections. The story depart- 
ment which he operated will be han- 
dled by Kingston. 


Produced by Maury M. Cohen 

Directed by Richard Thorpe 

Story by Carol Webster 

Screen Play by Winifred Dunn 

Music by Albert von Tilzer 

Photography by M. A. Anderson 

Cast: Joan Marsh, Frankie Albertson, 
Lucien Littlefield, Grace Hays, 
Mae Beatty, Del Henderson, Glen 
Boles, Gladys Blake, George 
Grandes, Nat Carr. 
This one's got it. As entertain- 
ment it's a stack of blue chips on the 
double "0" just as the little round 
ball drops into that slot. 

Classify it according to picture 
terms and you'll label it "a down-to- 
earth production for the whole fam- 
ily." It's built on a dramatic story of 
a family's viscissitudes, such as was 
started by "Three Cornered Moon," 
garnished with a pack of laughs, and 
sprinkled with music of the catchy 

Heading the family is Lucien Little- 
field, a hopelessly helpless man mar- 
ried to a former theatrical queen, 
Mae Beatty, whose exorbitant de- 
mands for hare-brained luxuries come 
at a time when the family is finan- 
cially distraught. Mae is the step- 
mother of Joan Marsh, George Gran- 
des and Glen Boles, all of whom dis- 
like her because she only aggravates 
their misfortunes. 

Joan and George write songs, hoping 
to save the family by selling them. 
Frankie Albertson, in love with Joan, 
conceives the idea of bringing the for- 
mer Broadway queen back and suc- 
ceeds in doing so after a series of 

Analyze it and you'll be surprised 
that the story is so plainly simple and 
artless. Its component elements, 
which contribute each and every value 
to the story, consist of individual 
characterizations — much the same, if 
accurately recalled, as "Three Corner- 
ed Moon." Each character seems 
slightly daffy. Put together on the 
screen their actions bring laugh after 
laugh. Particularly deft is the brief 
set-to between Mae Beatty and Grace 
Hays, playing two old battle-axes, 
once in the chorus together, jealously 
meeting twenty years later to rip each 
other to pieces first in dialogue and 
then in actual fighting. 

Joan Marsh, Frankie Albertson, Lit- 
tlefield and Nat Carr come in for a 
round of applause each. 

Winifred Dunn did a major studio 
screen play of the Carol Webster story 
and Richard Thorpe put it on film 
with creditable efficiency. 

In Albert von Tilzer's music there 
is at least one song hit, "Let's Go 

As a matter of fact, the picture is 
badly titled and should have been la- 
beled with the name of the song num- 
ber. And, Mr. Exhibitor, that's a tip 
to you; this picture, although an in- 
dependent restricted by that field, is 
going places. 

Splendid addition to the saddest 
complaint of the week department. 
During the first intermission of a show 
that has already closed, a very elegant 
looking high-hatted gent was wearily 
saying to a gal, "Isn't it the most 
awful feeling in the world when you 
want to go to sleep in a theatre and 
you can't?" 


It would seem that film fame 
doesn't exactly extend to all the far 
corners of the earth. In fact, it evi- 
dently doesn't even get into a couple 
of good corners in New York. F'r- 
instance, the other day a film com- 
pany was very anxious to get in touch 
with Maurice Chevalier and by mis- 
take called the Waldorf-Astoria. 
However, the error has nothing to do 
with the story. What happened v/as 
this, when they asked to speak to 
Chevalier, they promptly asked for his 
initials or first name, and after they 
got that they wanted to know how 
you spell it. And that last request 
had the moving picture company 
stumped, too. 


One of the really sad things we've 
heard about recently has to do with 
the plight of Merritt Crawford, who 
was at one time a prominent trade 
paper editor and always highly thought 
of as a worker. Mr. Crawford made 
a big mistake in getting married. That 
was remedied by divorce. But the 
cure was evidently worse than the ill- 
ness because his ex-wife has had him 
thrown into Alimony Jail for non- 
payment of his alimony. And the sit- 
uation now is that if Crawford can be 
assured of a job they'll release him 
so's he can earn the money to pay the 
alimony. But no job and no freedom. 
And meanwhile a good man is lan- 
guishing in jail and incidentally his 
ex-wife's two children, whom he 
adopted at the time of his marriage, 
are both on his side. 

Nat Dorfman, who's been getting 
a lot of good publicity for shows that 
had a habit of folding quickly this 
season, hasn't been wasting much time 
regretting his lost work. He's writ- 
ten two plays that several producers 
are interested in, "The Gag Man" and 
"Errant Lady." And provided that 
Mary Boland can be signed for it, 
"Errant Lady" will definitely see pro- 
duction in the spring. 

Dent-Ward Team Busy 

With "Just an Echo" playing at the 
Paramount this week the writing team 
of Dean Ward and Vernon Dent is 
rounding out a busy season that has 
seen their names on six Harry Lang- 
don stories, two for Crosby, two for 
Leon Errol. Four more are scheduled 
for Langdon. 

Aussie Visitor Returning 

E. J. Tait, managing director of the 
J. C. Williamson theatre circuit, in 
New Zealand, who has been visiting 
Leon Gordon, MGM writer, started the 
return journey to Australia yesterday. 

Standing's Option Lifted 

Paramount has exercised the option 
on Sir Guy Standing's contract for an- 
other period. 


Ian. 12, 1934 

Brock Assigned To 
Another Musical 

Following the success of "Melody 
Cruise" and "Flying Down to Rio," 
Merian C. Cooper has commissioned 
Lou Brock to produce another all star 
musical production. 

Brock has signed Herbert Fields to 
write an original story titled "Down 
to Their Last Yacht." The Schulberg- 
Feldman and Gurney office set the 

Ruth Waterbury Due Mon. 

Ruth Waterbury, editor of Movie 
Mirror, arrives in town Monday for a 
three months' stay, during which she 
will edit the magazine from here. 
Ernest Heyn, formerly editor of Mod- 
em Screen, will handle the New York 
end of the publication during Miss 
Waterbury's absence. 

Loew Subsid. Shows Loss 

New York. — Loew's Theatre and 
Realty Corporation ( 100 percent own- 
ed by Loew's Inc.) for year ended 
August 31 showed net loss after de- 
preciation, interest and other charges 
of $382,367, against net income of 
$480,950 in previous year. 

Berlin to Bermuda 

New York. — Irving Berlin sailed 
Tuesday for a five weeks' stay in Nas- 
sau, during which he will write sev- 
eral songs for a new revue to be pre- 
sented next season. 

Orsatti Back Sunday 

Frank Orsatti gets back to town 
Sunday after a month in New York. 
Agent was there on business. 





Hotel in Hollywood 

$2. so up. Single 
$3.00 up. Double 

Special weekly and monthly ratts 

The Plaza is near every- 
thing to see and do in 
Hollywood. Ideal for bus- 
iness or pleasure. 

Every room has private 
dressing room, bath and 
shower. Beds "built for 
rest." Every modern con- 
venience. Fine foods at 
reasonable prices. Conven- 
ient parking for your car. 

Chas. Danziger, Mgr. 
Eugene Stern, Pres. 

The "Doorway of Hospilaiily" 

Vine at Hollywood Blvd. 



Radio prod.; director, Ernest B. Schoedsack; writer, Ruth Rose. 

Roxy Theatre 

Journal: It's all pretty absurd, but absurdity of this sort makes for amusing 
entertainment, since it isn't planned to be taken seriously. "Son of 
Kong" makes no attempt to be a hair-raiser. Juvenile audiences ought 
to hail it with delight, and adults will find it good-natured comedy hokum 
that is neatly put together and nicely played by Robert Armstrong, Helen 
Mack and Frank Reicher. 

News: Like the majority of successors "Son of Kong" lacks the novelty of the 
original, which naturally lowers the interest. But for patrons who enjoy 
a little hokum in a movie and are delighted to find a picture that they 
don't have to take seriously, this current edition ought to satisfy. The 
kids will get a big kick out of it. 

Mirror: You never suspected, did you, that King Kong left a dear little orphan 
on that far mysterious isle? Well, he did. Little Kong is the hero of 
the story and a captivating little monster he is! King Kong addicts will 
be diverted by the exploits of Crown Prince Kong. 

Times: This sequel to last season's hair-raiser is a low melodrama with a num- 
ber of laughs that are loud and satisfying, although the comical intent of 
the producers is open to argument. "Son of Kong" is not the master- 
piece of mechanical ingenuity that "King Kong" was. Crowds reminis- 
cent of the halcyon days besieged the Roxy for a look at "Son of Kong" 
yesterday. Compounded chiefly of youngsters, they enjoyed themselves, 
if their pleasure was proportionate to the noise they made. 

Sun: This sequel doesn't begin to come up to the level of the first Kong pic- 
ture, not in rapidity of action, drama, suspense or daring technical achieve- 

Herald-Tribune: If you liked "King Kong," doubtless you will like his son. The 
picture is full of thrills, the comic, but very little sense. 

World-Telegram: It is a pretty silly and bad movie, really, but if you accept it 
for what it is — either a conscious or an unconscious burlesque of its 
predecessor — it will afford you some gleeful moments. 


Columbia prod.; director, Frank Borzage; writers. Lawrence Hazard, 

Jo Swerling. 

Rialto Theatre 

Sun: As a film director Frank Borzage has shown exceptional talent in the 
handling of love stories. Under his expert direction "Man's Castle" 
emerges as a tender and appealing love story in this now fading year of 
depression. A simple story, simply told, it might easily have become 
unbearably sentimental had it been intrusted to less capable hands. An- 
other asset is the dialogue, which flows easily and naturally. The chances 
are you will like "Man's Castle." 

Journal: A delicate, sincere and utterly charming love story. It was directed by 
Frank Borzage, who stands alone when it comes to translating tender- 
ness to the screen. And it co-stars Spencer Tracy and Loretta Young, 
whose work here is outstanding. 

Times: Even though Frank Borzage in his direction of "Man's Castle" gives an 
occasional fleeting reminder of his successful silent film "Seventh Heaven," 
the story is by no means as plausible or as poetic as that memorable old 
work. Toward the end this current offering is unnecessarily melodra- 
matic and the incidents are frequently lacking in the desired spontaneity. 

Herald-Tribune: Frank Borzage has had scant chance to demonstrate his talents 
in "Man's Castle." His staging is assured and sensitively executed, but 
he has made little effort to give the work any more significance than is 
contained in the preposterous plot. At best, "Man's Castle" is a monot- 
onous little romance about a prince charming and a fairy queen, disguised 
this time as a couple of tramps. 

Post: Frank Borzage has done what he could to evoke a wealth of tender senti- 
ment from this idyll of the dump heaps, and thanks to the first aid he 
receives from Spencer Tracy he almost succeeds in making the story con- 

News: The deft touches of Frank Borzage and the true portrayal of Spencer 
Tracy are stronger than the vehicle. Frank Borzage stands alone as a 
director who can make you laugh, cry, sympathize and understand. The 
picture carries a capable cast. 

American: A splendid cast and a talented director supply laughter and tears in 
proper proportions in "Man's Castle." Its principal assets are the charm 
and appeal of the players, each of whom enacts his role with a sincerity 
that cannot help but reach the heart. Borzage has endowed his picture 
with exciting quality. 

Mirror: No actor could have played Bill as flawlessly as he is played by Spencer 
Tracy. Infinitely touching, "Man's Castle" is saved from sweetness by 
spicy, frank and realistic comedy. It is a beautifully proportioned pic- 
ture, balancing pathos with humor, and sentiment with drama. Borzage 
has made another fine film. 

Colleen Moore Up 
For Lead At Col. 

Looks as though Colleen Moore will 
get the important top spot in "Most 
Precious Thing in Life" at Columbia. 

Player goes through a test today, 
question of her handling an assign- 
ment during which she goes from 
youth to old age in a graceful man- 
ner deciding it. Miss Moore accom- 
plished the trick creditably in "Power 
and Glory" for Fox. Lambert Hillyer 
shoots the picture into work the mo- 
ment the deal is okayed. 

Junior Laemmie Goes In 
For Sport on Big Scale 

Carl Laemmie Jr. yesterday issued 
orders to go after basketball in a big 
way and has instructed Jack Pierce, 
studio make-up man, to organize a 
Universal Pictures basketball team that 
will meet all comers on the Pacific 
Coast and throughout the nation if 
necessary. The new quintet will be 
entirely separate from the Universal 
City Club five and will contain the 
best amateurs obtainable. The Uni- 
versal City Club's team now plays lo- 
cal organizations every Monday and 
Thursday. Pierce hopes to have his 
team in shape for a game February 1 

Getting Next Dieterle 
Yarn Ready for Camera 

"Five Fragments," George Dwyer's 
novel which was purchased by War- 
ners, is being adapted for the screen 
by Gene Solow and Robert Lee. 

Wilhelm Dieterle will direct the 
picture which starts in about three 
weeks. No members of the cast have 
been set to date. 

Fifth McCoy Starts 

Columbia starts the fifth of the 
eight Tim McCoy action features, 
"Storm at Midnight," Monday, with 
C. C. Coleman megging. Harold Shu- 
mate has scripted and Irving Briskin 
produces. No additional cast set as 

Enlarge Rosenblatt Scope 

Washington. — Administrator Ro- 
senblatt has now been handed the 
transportation codes to handle. 

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"Helen Mack and George Raft are the 
real stars of the picture. Both of them 

wood'pSorter, jan!lar7°3. 1934.° ^ A Poramount Productlon 


Page Six 

Jan. 12, 1934 

Campbell NewPres. 
For the Chase Bank 

New York. — Of interest to picture 
people is a shift in the Chase Bank 
reins by which W. W. Aldrich steps 
from the presidency to the chairman- 
ship of the board, with H. Donald 
Campbell succeeding him. 

The shift still leaves the Rockefel- 
lers in control, and is largely made be- 
cause Aldrich feels he has sperit 
enough time untangling the bank's 
post-depression worries. 

Robson and Parker in 

MCM Louisiana Yarn 

May Robson and )ean Parker have 
been assigned the top spots in "In Old 
Louisiana" and George Seitz will di- 

"In Old Louisiana" is an original 
story written by Lucien Hubbard and 
the studio will salvage as much of the 
film as they possibly can from the pic- 
ture, "Louisiana Lou." Hubbard is the 
associate producer on this producation. 

Fanchon Royer's Latest 
Is 'Hollywood Hoodlum' 

Fanchon Royer's latest production, 
featuring June Clyde and Frank Al- 
bertson, has been titled "Hollywood 
Hoodlum." Other members of the 
cast of this studio press agent story 
include Jose Crespo, Tenen Holtz and 
John Davidson. 

Bouquet for Kabal-Fain 

The American Society of Authors 
and Composers has given a rating 
boost to Irving Kabel and Sammy Fain 
for their song number "By a Water- 
fall," employed in Warners' "Foot- 
light Parade." 

'Mutiny' Is Putter Title 

"Mutiny" is the new title of Walter 
Putter's square rigger ship picture, the 
tale of which takes place aboard the 



Campbell McCullough, secretary of 
the Los Angeles Regional Labor Board, 
in commenting on the sound men's 
election, said that the balloting had 
given jurisdiction over the men to the 

According to McCullough a ruling 
of the National Labor Board in Wash- 
ington held that in such elections the 
majority vote ruled and therefore the 
lATSE had won the battle in spite of 

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Para. 'Meg' Team 
Pulling Two Ways 

Dissension is riding the Paramount 
unit shooting "Man Who Broke His 
Heart," with George Somnes and Wil- 
liam Cameron Menzies, placed togeth- 
er for the first time, unable to match 
their ideas on how to take individual 

During the first two days of shoot- 
ing, it is reported, five out of seven 
scenes had to be remade because of 
differences in tempo of the shots over 
which each director had his say. Al 
Lewis put the pilots on the carpet 
yesterday and the production contin- 
ues with the same directors under the 
associate producer's strict supervision. 

'Beast of Borneo' to Open 
In San Prancisco Strand 

Far East Productions' jungle picture, 
"Beast of Borneo," is set for an in- 
definite run at the Strand, San Fran- 
cisco, January 20. The film was made 
in part in Borneo and features Borneo 
Joe, 2-year-old orang-utan. The cast 
includes Mae Stuart, John Preston, 
Eugene Sigaloff, Doris Brook and na- 
tive Borneans. 

Warner Britisher Leaving 

H. Brock Williams, head of writ- 
ers at Warners' English studios, leaves 
for New York Saturday and sails Jan- 
uary 19. 

He is taking with him several stor- 
ies which have been whipped into 
shape on this side for production 

the fact that some members of the 
IBEW had failed to vote. 

"However," continued Mr. McCul- 
lough, "the IBEW has a contract with 
the producers to do all the represent- 
ing there is and in my opinion the 
election will not nullify this contract." 

Harold Smith of the lATSE said he 
was not disturbed by this last state- 
ment of McCullough's and is now pre- 
paring for a show-down with the pro- 
ducers, tentatively scheduled for next 

Early 'Gallant Lady' 

Runs Top 'The Bowery' 

New York. — Early reports on "Gal- 
lant Lady" engagements indicate that 
this picture is likely to pass "Bowery" 
figures for Twentieth Century. 

In Buffalo the first three days busi- 
ness totaled $7500 against $6500 for 
, "The Bowery." In New Orleans the 
total for the first three days shows 
$6300 against $5500 for "The Bow- 

By-law Suggestions Asked 
From Union Cameramen 

Ed Estabrook, general manager of 
the cameramen's union, has sent cop- 
ies of his organization's by-laws to 
each member with the request that 
any who are dissatisfied with the pres- 
ent set-up send him suggestions for 

Riggs on 'Family, Man' 

Radio yesterday signed Lynn Riggs 
to write the script of "Family Man," 
the Salisbury Field story, which is now 
planned as the next for Richard Dix. 
Myles Connolly produces. Picture is 
scheduled to start the middle of next 

Cargan in Cob Role 

Radio yesterday purchased a story 
titled "Blarney Smith," a gob yarn by 
Hubert Osborne which Lou Brock will 

William Gargan is slated to have 
the top spot in this picture. 

Vitaphone Lays Off 

New York. — The Brooklyn Vita- 
phone studio, turning out Warner 
Brothers shorts, is so far ahead on pro- 
duction that they will shut down next 
week to reopen about March 1 . 

First time at popular prices! 




* Wallace BEERY * 

* Jean HARLOW * 
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Edmund LOWE 
" Billie BURKE * 


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Editor, Hollywood Reporter: 

May I take this opportunity of 
bringing to your notice a leading ar- 
ticle in the Hollywood Reporter dated 
12th April, referring to the native 
picture "Samarang." 

You state that the lead Ahmang is 
doing the stuff as only a Malay native 
built like this one knows how to, etc. 

This native Ahmang was in England 
last week and I accompanied him to 
a London picture house and saw the 
picture. During the past few weeks 
I have seen many press representa- 
tives on behalf of Ahmang and point- 
ed out that Ahmang is not a Malay 
native, furthermore it will interest you 
to know he is really a British officer, 
Captain A. V. Cockle, M.C. 

I feel sure you will appreciate the 
fact that Cockle would stand little 
chance of any further film work if 
he gets no publicity — not even his 
name and that a native one. 

Perhaps you would like to men- 
tion in one of your next publications 
that Ahmang is a white and furthe 
more not a Malay native, the powers 
that be in Hollywood would then be 
able to find this gentleman should they 
so desire at any future occasion. 
Yours faithfully, 

Hecksher Asks Ten Million 
From Rockefeller Interests 

New York. — The planned removal 
of Universal to three floors in the 
Rockefeller Center Building next 
month is the last straw for the Heck- 
sher Foundation Interests, present 
Universal landlords at 730 Fifth Ave- 

Hecksher has instituted suit in the 
New York Supreme Court against the 
Rockefeller interests for $10,000,000 
alleging unfair methods in luring ten- 
ants away from Hechsher and other 
buildings to the Radio City site. 

WB Theatre Chief Visits 

Joseph Bernhardt, general manager 
of the Warner Theatres, is accom- 
panying Harry Warner on the boat trip 
to Hollywood through the Panama 
Canal. It will be Bernhardt's first trip 
to this sector as the Warner theatre 
head although he has held down the 
post for two years. 

Barsha Quits Columbia 

After four years with the company I 
as head of the insert department, Leon " 
Barsha is out of Columbia, pulling up 
stakes when the company could not 
come to terms with him on a new \ 
deal. Hugh McCullom absorbs the de- 
partment's duties in addition to his 
production berth. 

Ed Martin to Radio 

Edwin Martin, recently with Col. 
Hubbard Robinson of the Warner the- 
atre exploitation and advertising, is 
due to join Eddy Eckles' publicity de- 
partment at Radio Monday. The tiny 
columnist will continue writing his 
pillar in the Citizen-News. 





Kobler Back in Town 

A. J. Kobler, publisher of the New 
York Mirror, has returned to Los An- 
geles after a visit to the Hearst ranch 
at San Simeon. 

Jan. 12, 1934 

Page Seven 

98 pages and cover 

COVER DISPLAY Lilian Harvey 


Publicity Space (Approximate) 

Paramount 937 sq. inches 

MCM 771 sq. inches 

Radio 417 sq. inches 

United Artists 325 sq. inches 

Universal 205 sq. inches 

Warners 195 sq. inches 

Fox 164sq. inches 

Columbia 1 10 sq. inches 

Dorothy Donnell Calhoun holds the 
writing record so far, with four stories 
in one magazine — Motion Picture for 

Her stories, all timely, interesting 
and readable, are "How Can Doug Stay 
Away from Hollywood?" "Did Lee 
Tracy 'Insult' Mexico — Or Did That 
Report Insult Him?" "A Sweep of a 
Fan — and Sally Rand Came Back" and 
"The Stars Want Your Advice." 

Gladys Hall has two stories, "The 
Hollywood Follies of 1933," an amus- 
ing account of the past cinema year, 
and "Secrets of the Stars — Norma 

Cruikshank has a swell yarn on 
Margaret Sullavan, "Get Close to the 
Screen's New Sensation"; Dorothy 
Spensley writes "Why Do Screen 
Beauties Marry Plain Business Men?" 
Ruth Biery has an extraordinary story, 
"Katharine Hepburn Reveals Herself"; 
Virginia Sinclaire writes "Gary Cooper 
at Last Finds the Right Girl"; Faith 
Service has a well written story on 
Marie Dressier, "How It Feels to Be 
Hollywood's First Citizen"; Sonia Lee 
has " 'I'm Afraid of Women,' Says 
George Raft," with Dorothy Manners 
following with " 'I'm Afraid of Love,' 
Says Richard Cromwell"; and Elza 
Schallert offers "Why Adrienne and 
Bruce Risked All for Romance." 

66 pages and cover 

COVER DISPLAY Norma Shearer 

Publicity Space (Approximate) 

Paramount 667 sq. inches 

Radio 616 sq. inches 

Fox 354 sq. inches 

Universal 225 sq. inches 

Warners 130 sq. inches 

MCM 102 sq. inches 

United Artists 70 sq. inches 

There is a fascinating story in the 
February Hollywood called "(joing to 
the Movies in Tahiti." It's by Donald 
G. Cooley, and is worth reading. 

A swell interview in the same mag- 
azine is "Art Is the Bunk!" (Rochelle 
Hudson), by Ben Maddox. 

Ruth Biery has two stories, "Gary 
Falls in Love" and "I'm Through with 
Love" (Russ Columbo). 

Other yarns are "Why George Raft 
Will Never Marry," by Mary Nye; 
"She Dares to Be Different" (Katha- 
rine Hepburn), by Marcella Burke; 
"That Ropin' Rogers Kid," by Guy 
Weadick; "As the Earth Turns" (Jean 
Muir) , by Alyce Curtis; and "You 
Can't Beat a Girl Like That!" (Mar- 
garet Sullavan), by Lee Warwick. 

Miriam Hopkins talks to Gladys 
McVeigh on "Can a Woman Love Two 

Men at the Same Time?" Sigurd 
Ericsson writes "Confessions of a 
Movie Play-Girl" and the fictioniza- 
tion this month is "The Long Lost 
Father," by Edward R. Sammis. 

Clive Brook Up For 
Julius Caesar Role 

Paramount is concluding a deal with 
Clive Brook to portray the role of 
Julius Caesar in Cecil B. DeMille's 
forthcoming production, "Cleopatra," 
with Claudette Colbert. Brook has 
been set for the role and the studio 
is now talking money to the player. 

This is the actor's first picture with 
Paramount since he and the studio de- 
cided to call it quits. 

Otto Brower Set To 

Do Radio's Sea ClrV 

Otto Brower has definitely been set 
by Radio to direct "Sea Girl," which 
Shirley Burden will produce. Joel Mc- 
Crea will have the male lead. 

This picture has been on and off 
for several months. The studio will 
use the exteriors made by Shackleford 
and Drumgold, which the two men 
photographed on their recent voyage 
to the South Seas. 

Warner Trailer Hits 

The "Convention City" trailer, first 
of the new type of ad reel being turn- 
ed out for Warners by George Bilson, 
went over to good audience reaction 
at both the Hollywood and Downtown 
theatres. The subject consists of 
three black-outs and laugh titles and 
scenes from the picture. 

MCM Buys Mystery 

MGM has purchased L. du Rocher 
Macpherson's unpublished mystery 
play, "She Takes the Wheel." No 
producer has been assigned to the 
production as yet. 

Code Machine Working 

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vides that pending such arbitration 
there shall be no strikes or lockouts. 
Early on January 4 Division Adminis- 
trator Rosenblatt was advised that the 
motion picture machine operators of 
Chicago had disagreed with the Ex- 
hibitors Association of Chicago and 
that a strike had been ordered effec- 
tive at 9 a.m. on January 4. 

"Immediate communication with 
Thomas E. Maloy, representing the 
motion picture operators, directing his 
attention to the provisions of the code 
resulted in withdrawal of the strike 
order and an agreement to arbitrate 

"The National Recovery Adminis- 
tration has just been advised that on 
January 10 the arbitration was entirely' 
successful and satisfactory to all par- 
ties concerned. The Administration 
expresses its gratification to Mr. Ma- 
loy and to the Chicago Exhibitors As- 
sociation for their cooperation and en- 
tire compliance with the code." 






Rian James 

( Third Printing Before Publication ) 

A Novel of Hollywood 

By the Author of . . . 

"Love Is a Racket* 


"Parachute Jumper" 

"Hat Check Cirl" 



The Third Annual WRITER'S 
NUMBER of The Hollywood 
Reporter, out March 3rd, is 
the year's opportunity to list 
ALL of your work before the 
eyes of the execs who count 
. . . It's great to hope that they 
know all about you . . . but it's 
better to be sure. The date is 
MARCH 3rd and the 
opportunity is . . . 



Vol. XIX, No. 2. Price 5c. 


Saturday. January 13. 1934 

UNCLE S/iM DI6$ l^H DWl 


•WE happened to have been close to 
the preparatory work on three pictures 
within recent months. Somewhat by 
accident, largely through friendships. 
And after all these years of a hectic 
; picture experience a great big fact has 
just come up and hit us between the 

This picture business needs two 
things more than anything else: 

Larger, broader, wider, deeper 
WASTE BASKETS for stories that 
should never be started; 

And secondly, executives with the 
courage to throw a story overboard 
when it begins to develop the type of 
headaches that could be called 

It is positively appalling — the num- 
ber of cases, week in and week out, 
where executives are doggedly driving 
through on stories on which there 
isn't one hundred per cent confidence. 

Sick stories, wobbly stories, stories 
that develop their ailments in the first 
script and the first conference — but 
which for a variety of reasons are 
given incubator treatment, wet nurs- 
ing, and what-not in the faint hope 
that MAYBE they'll end satisfactorily. 

And ninety-nine times out of a 
hundred they are just as sick the 
night they are previewed as they were 
the day the steno put her first sheet 
of paper in the typewriter. 

Sometimes the weakling story is 
kept alive because a director has fallen 
in love with three or four situations 
on which he is certain he can show 
a "fine" touch; or the writer is still 
in love with the theme even though 
development has shown it won't work 
out for entertainment; or the pro- 
ducer is on record with the front of- 
fice and won't admit he made a mis- 

In any case the result is another 
two hundred thousand or so thrown 
down the chute. With everybody con- 
cerned with the spending just "hop- 
ing" that they might come through 
at the preview. 

So we give you today two needs: 

Bigger waste-baskets for stories that 
should never get past the first draft; 

Executives with nerve enough to 
call everything off when the story 
begins to creak and groan. 

Jesse Lasky*s Stand 

New York. — The first time that 
Winnie Sheehan seriously interferes 
with Jesse Lasky — the latter will 
walk out of Fox. It is stated defi- 
nitely here that Lasky's loyalty to 
S. R. Kent caused him to agree to 
playing along with Sheehan as boss, 
but with the stipulation about 
what would happen at the first in- 

Reeve and Yorke 
Swap Fox Posts 

Winnie Sheehan is going back to a 
stunt he tried once in the regime of 
Vic Shapiro and Glen Allvine, and 
planning an interchange of Fox ad- 
vertising execs between the east and 

Under the arrangement Cabe Yorke 
comes west to handle studio publicity 
duties, while Arch Reeve goes to New 
York to the home office advertising 
post. Expected that Sheehan, as be- 
fore, will play checkers with the boys 
every few months. 

Jake Wilk to Talk fo 

Agents on Story Deals 

New York. — Jake Wilk will arrive 
in Hollywood Thursday to confer with 
Warners on the coming season's pro- 
gram, but while there he is also sched- 
uled to address the Agents Associa- 
tion on the question of handling pic- 
ture story material. 

Colman Welcomed Back 

Twentieth Century threw the press 
a party yesterday in the former Pick- 
ford bungalow to welcome Ronald Col- 
man, recently returned to Hollywood. 

Ted Curtis In Tomorrow 

Ted Curtis, sales exec for Eastman 
Film, arrives here tomorrow from 
Rochester on his semi-annual visit. 

Questionnaire /bailed Every 
Company For Lowdown On 
All Salaries^ Bonuses^ Etc. 

Washington. — Uncle Sam has taken the gloves off and is 
going to find out about this picture business. Disclosure here 
yesterday of the contents of the questionnaires being mailed in 
connection with the NRA salary investigation show that he is 

digging right down to the bottom. 

The questionnaire is going to produc- 
ers, distributors and circuit theatres. 
It is three pages long and minute in 

From corporations it wants to know 
gross receipts, capital investment, cost 
of supplies and materials, and surplus 
reserve for the period from 1931 to 

As to individuals, over this same 
period, it wants group figures on the 
(Continued on Page 4) 

Expect Protest On 
Extra's Committee 

The code committee to handle the 
problems of motion picture extras, 
appointed by Administrator Sol Rosen- 
blatt, is awaiting official notification, 
now in the .mail, before calling i rs 
first meeting. 

If the notification is received in 
time the meeting will be held Tuesday 
in the neutral Regional Labor Board's 
offices in the Federal building. 

It is rumored that at that time some 
of the names on the committee will 
be protested by extra groups. 

Chevalier Starts Sunday 

New York. — Maurice Chevalier, ac- 
companied by his personal manager. 
Max Ruppa, leaves here tomorrow for 
Hollywood to begin preparation on his 
next picture, "Merry Widow," for 
Irving Thalberg at MCM. 


Laskys Ask Tax Board for 
Claim Redeterminations 

New York. — That tossed-about 
white elephant, the Seventh Avenue 
Roxy, has suddenly found itself a 
prized bone of contention. Proposi- 
tions galore are being offered the 
bondholders to take over the theatre, 
four different definite ones being ac- 
tually under consideration now. 

Likeliest of all is the one A. C. Blu- 
menthal is maneuvering with the 
(Continued on Page 2) 

Washington. — Charging erroneous 
inclusion for taxation purposes of in- 
come earned by two children, Jesse L. 
Lasky and Bessie, his wife, petitioned 
the Board of Tax Appeals for redeter- 
mination of 1930 tax claims. The 
sum named by Lasky was $49,476 and 
b" Mrs. Lasky $22,148. 

Franklin-Moss Give 
Offer to Monogram 

New York. — Despite conflicting ru- 
mors, it may be stated definitely that 
Harold Franklin and B. S. Moss are 
tied in on plans for future picture 

Just now the two are looking 
around for a means of setting their 
distribution and are understood to be 
di-sfting a proposition for Ray John- 
■:ton by which they would buy in on 
Monogram Pictures. The plan in- 
volves increasing of the budgets on 
Monogram pictures, bringing in of ad- 
ditional producers, and in general aim- 
ing at the building of a big producing 
and releasing organization. 

Green and Radio at 

Parting of the Ways 

.Howar d j. Green, writer-producer, 
and Radio will part next week. 

Green has been with RKO for the 
past year and has written the screen 
plays of "Man of Two Worlds," 
"Morning Glory" and "Success Story" 
and has produced "So You Won't Sing, 
Eh.'" during that period. His future 
plans are indefinite. 

Cohen Due Today 

Harry Cohen gets in by train today 
from New York after having been 
away two weeks to attend the funeral 
of his mother, Mrs. Bella Cohen. 
Cohen was forced to return by train 
because of unfavorable flying weather. 

Scandals' in 5th Week 

New York, — "Roman Scandals" is 
going to go over five weeks in Phila- 
delphia, to establish a new-day record 
for time of run and gross cash taken 
in at the box office. 

Doug Jr. Sails Today 

New York. — Sailing on the Me de 
France today are Douglas Fairbanks 
Jr. and Carlos Bavetta, Fox repre- 
sentative in France. 

I WILLIAM COLLIER^ Si. '"^^'comedirn^'^^^' SmallTandau C0> | 

Page Two 


Ian. 13, 1934 


W. R. WILKERSON Editor and Publisher 

ROBERT E. WELSH Managing Editor 

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Single copies, 5c. Entered as second class 
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at Los Angeles, under the act of March 3, 

Surprise note: Ruby Keeler gets 
more fan mail than any other player 
on the Warner lot! . . . Lionel Barry- 
more will do a personal appearance at 
the Capitol in N. Y. in a coupla weeks 
— so Edgar Allan Woolf has gone 
"skittish" again. . . . Kay Francis will 
be back in town Toosday. . . . Gloria 
Shea and Bernie Toplitsky are more 
together again than ever. . . . Hardie 
Albright owns one of the country's 
finest Airedale kennels. . . . The nurse 
who nursed Bill Newberry through his 
earthquake siege is now playing a 
nurse in the hospital scenes in "Men 
in White" at MCM. . . . Lorena Lay- 
son is wearing a big sparkler put on 
her finger by man about town, Jack 

Looks like the Ric Cortezes will 
have that honeymoon any minute — 
with Lyie Talbot in "Hit Me Again" 
instead. . . . The Monta Bells are 
yearning for the bright lights of Broad- 
way. . . . The Bing Crosby blessed- 
eventing is official. . . . The Warren 
Williams are off to the dawg-show in 
Palm Springs with their two wire- 
haired hounds. . . . The Darryl 
Zanucks celebrated ten years of 
wedded bliss yesterday. . . . Ceorgie 
Stone, developing host-competition, 
threw another dinner party at his man- 
sion last night. . . . "Mushy" Callahan 
will train Dick Barfhelmess for the 
fight scenes in "One Man Woman" 
— which was called "Shanghai Or- 
chid" a few months ago when it al- 
most went into production. 

Diana Fitzmaurice, Bubbles Denny, 
Mrs. Eddie Cline, Irene Selznick, Mrs. 
Raoul Walsh among those at Nan 
Howard's luncheon for Joan Bennett 
yesterday. . , . Nat Coldstone has sent 
orchids every night for three weeks to 
Bernice Curland — but one night it was 
another feller who sat around and 
looked at the posies! . . . Sam Woods 
is walking around wit^h his nose naked 
again. . . . Gloria Swanson, Grace 
Moore, Herbert Marshall, Gene Mar- 
key, Lil Tashman and Eddie Lowe, 
Adolphe Menjou and Veree Teasdale, 
Bess Meredyth, Henri de la Falaise, 
Dorothy Rodgers, Herman Manckie- 
wicz et al, lunching at the Vendome 


Radio prod.; director, William Seiter; writers, Vina Delmar, Julien Josephson, 

Sarah Y. Mason. 
Rialto Theatre 

Herald-Tribune: The appeal of the story lies in the simplicity of its telling by 
Mr. Seiter, the director, and also in the unpretentious performances es- 
pecially by Marian Nixon, as well as Joel McCrea and Ginger Rogers. 

News: It is well acted by the principal players, but even if it were brilliantly 
played, and that it is not, the acting would still not disguise the thin- 
ness of the plot and the lack of anything approaching brilliance in the 
dialogue. Marian Nixon's performance is good characterization and the 
outstanding achievement of the film. 

Times: With the evident hope of appealing to young persons in love, the Rialto 
is exhibiting an innocuous domestic tangle labeled "Chance at Heaven." 
It is one of those frail, disarming features in which psychology is con- 
sidered unimportant. The author and director see to it that the leading 
characters fall in love and decide to part without much of an excuse in 
either case. 

Journal: The principal surprise in the film is its casting of the feminine leads. 
It's mild film fare, with the players superior to the story. 

American: A well acted program picture in which Marian Nixon steals honors 
in a not too sympathetic role provides interesting entertainment at the 
Rialto Theatre with a simple romance that has both appeal and charm. 
All the players do well with the not too exacting roles allotted them, and 
Miss Nixon is especially effective. 

World-Telegram: The cast is a pleasant one, with Joel McCrea, Ginger Rogers 
and Marian Nixon playing the featured roles, and helps to make this 
"Chance at Heaven" much more palatable than it essentially is. 

Lloyd's 'Catspaw' 
Staff Finally Set 

Harold Lloyd has completed his staff 
for the production of his next picture, 
"Catspaw," at Metropolitan studios. 

The staff includes William R. Fra- 
ser, general production manager; John 
L. Murphy, production manager; Cay- 
lord Lloyd, location manager; Rex 
Bailey, casting director; Sam Taylor, 
director; Harry Oliver, art director; Joe 
Reddy, publicity director; Walter 
Mayo, assistant director; William Mac- 
Donald, technical director; Liell Ved- 
der, assistant technical director; Wal- 
ter Lundeen, cameraman, and Cecil 
Bardewell, chief electrician. 

Big Shakeup Likely 

(Continued from Page 1 ) 

Going On The Spot 

New York. — Sam Goldwyn and Al 
Lichtman have accepted an invitation 
to appear before the local indie ex- 
hib organization and answer ques- 
tions on percentage bookings and 
preferential dates. With the gang 
that makes up the indie group you 
can put it down in your book they are 
in for a hot session. 

Walter Connolly East 

For Hurried Vacation 

Finishing his role yesterday in "It 
Happened One Night," Walter Con- 
nolly last night hopped a train for a 
two weeks' vacation in Cincinnati with 
his mother and two brothers. From 
there he will probably go to New York 
to visit his wife, Nedda Harrigan, who 
opens soon in the Broadway play "Hat, 
Stick and Gloves." 

Durante's Writers Set 

Jimmy Durante has signed Jack 
Harvey and Milton Raison to write the 
programs for his 26 broadcasts on the 
Chase and Sanborn hour which begin 
in April. The writing team wrote 
the sketches for 'his last broadcasts. 

Rogers in Cargan Lead 

Ginger Rogers has been assigned 
the feminine lead opposite William 
Gargan in "Blarney Smith," which Lou 
Brock is producing for Radio. No di- 
rector has been assigned as yet. 

New Orleans Theatre Tiff 
Up to National NRA Board 

Washington. — Senator Robert Wag- 
ner, of the National Labor Board, an- 
nounces that hearings will be held here 
January 1 6 on a dispute between 
Loew's State Theatre, of New Or- 
leans, and local stagehands. This is 
the first movie industry case since the 
Hollywood jurisdictional strife to be 
called before the national body. 

Basis of the dispute is that Loew's 
change from stage shows to straight 
pictures while the code was being 
drawn and simultaneous with the ex- 
piration of the old union contract, af- 
ter which they refused to reinstate 
four stage hands whom the union 
wants retained in jobs. 

backing of Loew's and with N. L. Na- 
thanson and Halsey Stuart also inter- 

Back of the proposition is the fact 
that MGM's lease on the Capitol 
expires shortly; but of equal impor- 
tance in the calculations is the temp- 
tation of that big seating capacity at 
the Roxy and what it can do for a 
picture as compared with the Capitol. 

MGM is understood to be seeking 
an agreement with Warners by which 
both companies would split their first 
run product between the Roxy and the 
Capitol, and in this event the Warner 
Strand, with only three thousand seat- 
ing capacity, would be closed and pos- 
sibly torn down as having outlived its 

The figuring is that with both 
MCM and Warners to choose from the 
Roxy could be assured the choicest of 
first run product consistently. 

The Blumenthal-MGM community 
of interest seems to have started in 
the recent deal by which the Blumen- 
thal-Nathanson interests closed for 
five years for MGM pictures over the 
Poli circuit. Report also has it that if 
the Roxy deal goes through the same 
group will make a deal with the bond- 
holders of the Fox Brooklyn theatre 
to take that house over. 

Sherman-Radio Deal Off JIMMY STARR says: 

yesterday. . . . We hear that Francis 
Lederer and Anna May Wong had 
heart throbs last year — and that they 
still write warm letters. . . . Dick Blu- 
menthal and Katie Gallian (Fox's la- 
test French importation) are seen 
practically everywhere together. 

Radio's discussions with Universal 
for the loan of Lowell Sherman to di- 
rect Irene Dunne in "Age of Inno- 
cence" have been dropped. Director 
will not clear with "Elizabeth and 
Mary" in time for the picture and is 
also wanted by Universal to follow his 
first picture with another as rapidly 
as possible. 

Building Up 'Louisiana' 

MGM will form a new comedy trio 
in its forthcoming production "In Old 
Louisiana," w'hich George Seitz will 
direct. The trio consists of Lupe Velez, 
Nat Pendleton and Ted Healy. May 
Robson and Jean Parker have already 
been cast. 

Rockett Sets His Next 

Al Rockett takes over the producer 
reins on "Fledglings," at Fox, and Lee 
Garmes is definitely scheduled to han- 
dle the picture as his first directorial 
assignment. Lew Ayres tops. 

Tinling on 'Honeymoon' 

James Tinling has been nominated 
by Sol Wurtzel at Fox to pilot "Three 
on a Honeymoon" for Fox. Zasu 
Pitts is set for one of the top spots. 

... "I figured I had heard about 
EVERYTHING there was to hear in the 
line of music, but, like most know- 
it-alls, I was wrong. You haven't 
heard anything (and neither have I) 
until you get a GREAT, BIG LOAD of 
companied by 
Candy and Coco, 
At the 

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Page Three 

'Sorrel' Looks Good 

New York. — The United Artists 
home office just received a print 
of "Sorrel and Son" made in Eng- 
land by British and Dominions, with 
H. B. Warner starred, and are so 
tickled they are putting on a 
healthy rave. 


Misses Greatness 
By Script Weakness 


Directed by Victor Savllle 

Story by Martha McKenna 

Cast: Herbert Marshall, Conrad Veidt, 

Madeleine Carroll, Nigel Bruce, 

Anthony Bushell, Gerald DeMau- 


New York. — England arrives first in 
the field of the new cycle of spy sto- 
ries that are about to hit the screen. 
And this first picture is good. It's 
entertaining and it has a cast full of 
personalities, including a brand new 
blonde one, Madeleine Carroll, who is 
something to look upon and to watch. 
It is just a little sad to report that the 
picture could have been great IF that 
old bugaboo of English pictures, a 
good, tight script with climactic build- 
ups, hadn't again escaped the pro- 
ducers. It is still a good picture — 
there's no quibbling on that score — 
but it is mild where it should be ex- 
citing and bland where it should be 

This is the story of Martha Cnock- 
haert, native and resident of a town 
in Belgium, occupied by the Germans. 
She becomes a nurse and then is 
forced into becoming a spy for Bel- 
gium, forced because she was not sure 
she hated enough to take the risk. 
In the same hospital is a sub-officer, 
also a spy for the Allies, and the two 
of them work together. Martha is 
finally trapped through the finding of 
her watch at the scene of the dyna- 
miting of some German supplies. She 
is saved from death, however, when 
the sub-officer bargains for her life by 
confessing to being the brains of the 
spy system in that sector. That is 
what it reduces itself to and that is 
what you remember because the im- 
portant parts of the story are glossed 
over both in the writing and the di- 
recting. There are three chances for 
stirring drama in the fact that the girl 
is at first unwilling to be a spy and 
then takes desperate chances. In the 
fact that she is decorated by the Ger- 
man government for her services and 
heroism when she was the direct cause 
of the tragedy that proved her courage 
under fire. And also in the fact that 
the girl gives up her honor for her 
country when she never receives the 
note telling her that a change in plans 
makes that sacrifice unnecessary. And 
all these things are treated as mere 
everyday incidents and trimmings to 
a spy story. And there is very little 
development of the love story between 
the two spies. 

However, the acting of Herbert 
Marshall as the other spy, Conrad 
Veidt as the German commandant and 
Nigel Bruce, Gerald DuMaurier and 
Anthony Bushell in minor roles, is all 
excellent and as has been said before 
this Madeleine Carroll is something to 
make the boys sit up and take notice. 
Give this picture a break on exploita- 
tion and give your customers a chance 
to appreciate good English pictures. 

Leonard Will Meg 
Crawford's Next 

Robert Z. Leonard was yesterday 
assigned to direct the next Joan Craw- 
ford picture for MGM, "Latest From 
Paris," which is scheduled to start in 
February after the completion of her 
current vehicle, "Sadie McKee." Al- 
len Rivkin and P. J. Wolfson, after 
having finished their work on "Op- 
erator 13," return to the script of 
"Latest From Paris" on Monday. 
Leonard will not become a producer, 
as previously announced, because of 
the studio's new policy of having only 
five producers. 

Col. Seeks Roscoe Karns 
For '20th Century' Role 

Columbia is negotiating with Para- 
mount for the loan of Roscoe Karns 
to portray the role of the press agent 
in "Twentieth Century" with John 

Columbia tested William Frawley, 
who scored a hit on Broadway, for this 
role but later swung to Karns. 

Borzage Ready to Move 

Frank Borzage winds up the addi- 
tional scenes and retakes on "Men of 
Tomorrow" at Columbia today. Di- 
rector now moves over to Universal to 
start preparations on "Little Man, 
What Now.'" which will have Marga- 
ret Sullavan in the lead. 

'Born Bad' Overhauled 

Twentieth Century is sending "Born 
to Be Bad" back to the stages for 
doctoring. Studio decided changes 
were necessary following a sneak pre- 
view early this week. 

Picture featured Loretta Young and 
Gary Grant. 

Cropper in Rehearsal 

New York. — Milton Cropper starts 
rehearsals today for "When Ghosts 
Meet" with a cast including Ernest 
Truex, Sylvia Field, Brian Donlevey, 
and the possibility that it will open at 
the Belasco Theatre. 

Ettinger to London 

Margaret Ettinger is making ar- 
rangements to open a publicity office 
in London. She has secured Alex- 
ander Korda as a client and will leave 
for London this spring to make plans 
for the opening of the office. 

Pizor Visiting Coast 

New York. — William Pizor left for 
the coast yesterday in connection with 
plans for Imperial's series of shorts and 
for feature production. Sam Krellberg 
also departed yesterday. 

London Business 
Holding Up Well 

London. — With "I'm No Angel," 
"The Bowery," "Lady for a Day" and 
"Voltaire" getting the cream of the 
business there are no complaints 'here 
for the past week. All four, in addi- 
tion to "Turkey Time" and "Henry 
the Eighth," are hold-overs. 

Business on "I'm No Angel" is 
holding up amazingly, "The Bowery" 
is going great, and Arliss is always 
good here. 

Newcomers for the week are "The 
Prizefighter and the Lady," called 
"Every Woman's Man" here, at the 
Empire; "Bed of Roses" and "Girl 
Without a Room," at the Plaza; with 
"Broadway Through a Keyhole" start- 
ing Monday at the Tivoli. 

Cortez Romance 
Helped by Talbot 

Lyie Talbot gave Ricardo Cortez a 
break when he volunteered and was 
given the latter's role in Warners' 
"Hit Me Again" so t^hat Cortez and 
his bride, the former Mrs. Christine 
Lee, could take their postponed 
honeymoon to Honolulu. 

Others in the cast are Joan Blondell, 
Edward Everett Horton, Claire Dodd 
and Joan Wheeler. 

Changes in Ranks of 

Radio's Publicity Dept. 

Mike Malone and Carroll Young of 
the Radio publicity department will 
leave that studio today, while Edwin 
Martin, Citizen-News columnist, will 
join Eddy Eckles' staff Monday. 

Young goes over to MGM to work 
for Frank Whitbeck in the advertising 
department and Malone is taking over 
his old newspaper job in the east. 

Bromley Stays at Radio 

Negotiations between Fox and Ha- 
worth Bromley, assistant to Frank 
O'Heron at Radio, for Bromley to take 
over Phillip Klein's spot as scenario 
editor have been placed in cold stor- 
age. Fox could not offer the exec 
terms attractive enough to grab him 
away from Radio. 

Capra Pic Finished 

Frank Capra yesterday wound up 
Columbia's "It Happened One Night," 
establishing a long time schedule for 
production at the studio. Picture 
started shooting on November 1 3. and 
after being off the stages for several 
weeks came back to work recently for 
added scenes. 

Wingate Back on Job 

Dr. James Wingate, director of stu- 
dio relations for the Hays office, re- 
turned from the east last night and 
will be back at his desk today. 

Joe Breen, who has been pinch- 
hitting for the doctor, continues on 
the board of code of morals. 

Thunder' Clicks in Lon. 

London. — "Thunder Over Mexico," 
with plenty of controversial argument 
going on in the press, is doing nicely 
at the Marble Arch Pavilion. 


Of course, the neatest trick of the 
week was accomplished at the open- 
ing of Peggy Fears' show. Some of 
that California rain found its way east 
and there was pretty much of a down- 
pour that filled the streets with little 
puddles. Mme. Jules Brulatour's car 
couldn't quite make the curb and 
Mme. Brulatour (Hope Hampton to 
you) tried and tried, but she just 
couldn't step over that nassy little 
puddle and so the gallant chauffeur 
picked her up, and to the plaudits of 
the crowd carried her to the car. It 
was a nice touch of chivalry that just 
about topped off the evening. . . . You 
really should have seen Blumey's face 
that night. He did show up for the 
opening, whereas Peggy saw his show 
the closing night and we're afraid 
there won't be much difference. . . . 
Tallulah Bankhead, who swears she 
became the season's success and the 
best actress in New York just because 
she was too sick to do "Jezebel," was 
there and so were the Dick Wallaces 
with Marion Saportas, Bennett Cerf, 
George Oppenheimer, Catherine Dale 
Owen and the Herb Cruikshanks all 
among those present. 

Jascha and Florence Heifetz will be 
in the midst of a concert being given 
for the benefit of Destitute German 
Professionals, by the time you read 
this. We say in the midst of advised- 
I" because the concert is being given 
in their little shack, the living room 
of which can hold three hundred peo- 
ple and the hall another three hun- 
dred, and at $25 a ticket it's one of 
the nicest gestures we know of. Hei- 
fetz plays the violin, Jose Iturbi the 
piano and Lawrence Tibbett sings for 
the occasion. Incidentally, the Hei- 
fetzes made no joke out of celebrat- 
ing New Year's. A select list of in- 
vited guests showed up at the ap- 
pointed hour of 5 a.m. for a string 
quartet concert. Breakfast was at 
about 7:30, and after several rounds 
of black coffee the string quartet went 
back and played a Debussy numbah 
that considerably helped the sun to 
rise in splendor. 


D. A. Doran lunching with Charles 
deCrandcourt at the Algonquin and 
simply jubilant over the grand reports 
of his wife's health, which is well on 
its way to being excellent. . . . Jean 
Dixon and Edith VanCleve, Groucho 
and Chico Marx, J. C. Nugent. John- 
ny Weaver, Marc Connelly and Har- 
old Ross. John VanDruten and Denis 
King, Tommy Mitchell and Richard 
Wallace, Ernest Truex and Lilian Bond 
with Geoffrey Wardwell all lunching 
at the Algonquin, too. Very gay, in- 

Lupino Struts Her Stuff 

Ida Lupino, Paramount's 16-year- 
old English player, showed her stuff 
to the studio execs last night in "Dou- 
ble Doors." produced by the Para- 
mount studio stock company. 

New Orry-Kelly Asst. 

Charlotte Stiber, New York fashion 
designer, arrives in Hollywood tomor- 
row and joins Warners as assistant to 


Page Four 

Jan. 13, 1934 


Ilka Chase Liked; 
Nothing for Screen 



Theatre Guild presents "Days 

Without End" by Eugene O'Neill 
directed by Philip Moeller; set- 
tings by Lee Simonson. With 
Earle Larrimore, Selena Royle, 
Ilka Chase, Stanley Ridges. Rob- 
ert Lorraine, Caroline Newcombe, 
Frederick Forrester, Margaret 
Swope. At the Henry Miller 
New York. — Mr. O'Neill here steps 
forward and presents his tribute to 
the glory of religion in what he is 
evidently very pleased to call "a mod- 
ern miracle play." And for this very 
modern miracle play Mr. O'Neill 
chooses to employ a device that must 
surely have been creaky theatrical ef- 
fectiveness in the days of ancient 
Greek drama. However, though the 
term "modern" is irritating, though 
his method of telling his story is at 
times deliberately befuddling, seem- 
ingly to lend an atmosphere of great 
profundity to the proceedings, and al- 
though one may quarrel with Mr. 
O'Neill's religious premises the fact 
remains that one is still greatly moved 
by the quiet strength and power of 
Mr. O'Neill's writing and his expert 
knowledge of what is good theatre 
on the stage. 

John Loving, brought up as a devout 
Catholic in the bosom of a devout 
Catholic family, allows his soul to be- 
come possessed by the devil at the 
age of fifteen when death robs him of 
the two persons in life whom he loved, 
his father and mother, despite his faith 
in the love of God. He finally finds 
love again (and love is the alpha and 
omega of religious faith to him I in 
the girl he marries, but he is still 
groping his way around to a complete 
faith in something, never realizing 
that he is still merely trying to escape 
from the greatest of all faiths, and 
denying it in a hundred isms that give 
no comfort. And the devil that still 
possesses him drives him into being 
unfaithful to his wife with his wife's 
best friend. The knowledge of this 
adultery almost succeeds in killing the 
wife, but the miracle occurs when John 
Loving comes to a complete realiza- 
lion and understanding of himself and 
again acknowledges the love and 
mercy of Christ and the wife lives. 

The device O'Neill uses this time is 
that of having the other self of Lov- 
ing — the devil — walk around in the 
person of Stanley Ridges, his face a 
hideous mask of hate and disbelief. 
All the nasty things that Loving says 
are spoken by this mask, and while it 
is sometimes effective it is for the 
most part a definitely cheap trick par- 
ticularly in his death writhings at the 
foot of the Christ when Loving casts 
Him out forever. The play is further 
confused for the would-be intellectu- 
als by the fact that half of it is told 
as a novel that Loving is writing and 
these two things gave rise to one com- 
ment that means approximately as 
much as the O'Neill method — that the 
whole thing is "schoolboy Nietzsche." 
It's a little more than that, however, 

Can He Take It! 

The latest reports on the prize- 
fighter-actor, Max Baer, is that the 
youngster woke up the other morn- 
ing and found another breach of 
promise suit for $50,000 staring 
him in the face. 

'Left Bank' Slated 
For Lowell Sherman 

"Left Bank," the Elmer Rice stage 
play, will be Lowell Sherman's second 
production on his new three picture 
deal with Universal. Possibility that 
Rice will be brought out to write the 
script since "Counsellor at Law," an- 
other Rice play, was handled in that 
manner. Gloria Stuart is tentatively 
set for the feminine lead. Sherman is 
now readying "Elizabeth and Mary" 
and hopes to start shooting on it in 
about a month. 

Falaise To Make Another 

Encouraged by the reception given 
his "Legong" the Marquise de la Fa- 
laise is now set to journey to French 
Indo China for another Technicolor 
novelty feature. Accompanied by 
Jimmie Hartnett, and with William H. 
Greene and Tad Brooks on the cam- 
eras, he will be gone for about three 
months, sailing from Los Angeles on 
January 22. 

'B'way Rainbow' Credits 

Owing to erroneous credits received 
by this publication's reviewer on 
"Rainbow Over Broadway," Maury 
Cohen was credited as producer of the 
picture when George Batcheller is the 
producer deserving the laurels. Re- 
view also went haywire in giving Mae 
Beatty the bouquets that should have 
gone to Grace Hays. 

Levee-Zanft Can't Agree 

M. C. Levee and Major Zanft have 
been unable to come to an agreement 
which would have brought the former 
Fox exec into Levee's agency. Zanft 
is understood to be discussing other 
important agency connections, deter- 
mined to enter that phase of the busi- 

Mono Assigns Buchanan 

Lou Ostrow has assigned Archie 
Buchanan as production manager on 
"Manhattan Love Song," which Mono- 
gram puts into production by the end 
of next week. Leonard Fields, who 
collaborated on the script with David 
Silverstein, directs. 

Leslie Opens Offices 

Eli H. Leslie has entered the busi- 
ness management field with offices in 
the Van Nuys building. 

particularly in the scenes between the 
wife (Selena Roylel and the other 
woman (Ilka Chase) and the scenes 
between husband (Earle Larrimore) 
and wife and the miracle. It is en- 
tirely capably acted and something a 
little more so by Ilka Chase, whose 
appearance is too brief. 

Plan No Salaries 
For NRA Bodies 

New York. — In answering a query 
of Oklahoma exhibitors regarding the 
salaries to be paid film people in con- 
nection with work on the zoning and 
clearance boards John C. Flinn, execu- 
tive secretary of the Code Authority, 
yesterday replied that it was the NRA 
policy to perform all duties under the 
code at a minimum of expense to the 
three branches of the industry involv- 
ed, and therefore no provision has been 
made to pay salaries or fees to any 
members of these boards with the ex- 
ception of a paid secretary. 

Cordon School Presents 
'No Women' Tonight 

At the Gordon School Auditorium, 
1455 North Laurel, there will be pre- 
sented tonight the third and closing 
performance of "No Women," by 
Granville Forbes Sturgis. 

In the cast are Rod Wilson, lead; 
Linda Martin, ingenue; Henry Wil- 
liams, character lead, and Isabel Foyer, 
Ed Orr, Ted Richards, Florence Dekin 
and Wayne Gordon. 

'Golden Gate' Cast Set 

Warners have assigned Pat O'Brien, 
Margaret Lindsay and Bette Davis to 
the top spots in "The Golden Gate," 
which Wilhelm Dieterle is tentatively 
scheduled to direct. Title is the new 
handle for George Dyer's story, "Frag- 
ments," which has been scripted by 
Eugene Solow and Robert N. Lee. 

Malloy-Block Teamed 

Doris Malloy and Ralph Block have 
been teamed by Warners to put the 
Lajos Zilahy play, "Firebird," into 
screen play form. Henry Blanke is su- 
pervising the work on the play, which 
was one of the Gilbert Miller pro- 
ductions on Broadway last season. 

Walton in 'Trinidad' 

Douglas Walton was yesterday 
handed one of the important support- 
ing roles in "Murder in Trinidad" by 
Sol Wurtzel, Heather Angel and Nigel 
Bruce heading the cast. Lewis King 
directs. Walton was set by J. G. 

Ready Next 'U' for Stahl 

Universal has signed William Hurl- 
but to write the continuity on Fannie 
Hurst's "Imitation of Life," which 
will be John Stahl's next production 
for the studio. Director will start 
casting in three weeks, with the sub- 
ject scheduled to start within a month. 

Marlow Signed by Rogers 

Charles R. Rogers signed Brian 
Marlow yesterday to fashion the screen 
play for "In Conference," a murder 
mystery by Vera Casperay and Bruce 
Manning. The Frank and Dunlap of- 
fice set the deal. 

Cline for 'Peck's Bad Boy' 

Eddie Cline has been set by Sol 
Lesser to direct Principal's next fea- 
ture, "Peck's Bad Boy." 

Harry Lachman Named 
Chairman of Fine Arts 

Harry Lachman has been named 
chairman of the fine arts committee 
of Beverly Hills. Before entering the 
motion picture business the present 
director was a painter. Four examples 
of his work were purchased by the 
French government for the Musee de 
Luxembourg, the national museum of 
France. For his painting he was deco- 
rated with the Legion of Honor. 

Rushing Work on Roach li 
'Babes in Toyland' Tricks 

Two crews under the supervision of 
L. A. French are rushing the stop- 
motion and miniature material for Hal 
Roach's "Babes in Toyland" hoping to 
have the material ready for the start 
of the dramatic sequences of the pro- 
duction on February 1 5. Much of the 
picture is being built as fantasy with 
metal animals in keeping with the Vic- 
tor Herbert operetta. 

Versatile Picture Folk 

There are ways and ways of making 
a livelihood. Jack Crosby, former 
caster for Reliance, has opened a liquor 
shop opposite the United Artists stu- 
dio and Robert A'Dair, player por- 
traying butler roles in pictures, has 
opened the Nose-Dive Inn on Vine 
Street near Santa Monica. 

Next Chase Starts Mon. 

Hal Roach puts the next Charley 
Chase comedy into production Monday 
with Charles Parrott directing. Betty 
Mack, Harry Bowen and Gertrude As- 
tor have been signed for the cast. 
Short is untitled. 

Set 'Cosmetic' Songs 

Ralph Rainger and Leo Robin have 
been assigned to write the words and 
music for "Cosmetic," B. P. Schul- 
berg's next production. 

Uncle Sam Digs 

(Continued from Page 1 ) 

separation of the payroll, and specific 
information on all drawing over $150 
a week. The cash salary per week 
must be itemized, as well as the fill- 
ing out of a separate questionnaire 
telling of all bonuses, commissions, or 
additional cash compensation in the 
annual periods, and bonuses paid in 
the form of bonds, stocks, etc., at the 
market price on the date deliverable. 

It is going to be an auditor's holi- 
day. In addition to the individual 
salaries and bonuses to be listed, the 
government wants group salaries re- 
corded by work, so that Uncle Sam 
and his Congressmen can tell what 
percentage of the payroll goes to "ac- 
tors, actresses, directors, executives, 
supervisors, writers, authors, artists, 
sculptors, scenic artists and designers, 
costume designers, sound engineers, 
cameramen, studio mechanics, labora- 
tory workers, etc." 

There's one consolation, that the 
questionnaire assures everybody that 
all information supplied will be confi- 
dential with the NRA. No time limit 
is set, but the understanding here is 
that the NRA expects the question- 
naires back within thirty days. While 
not notaried, the replies must be sign- 
ed by an executive officer of each 


Vol. XIX. No. 3. Price 5c. 


Monday, January 15, 19it4 


Para. Bills Shaved 
But Still Opposed 

New York. — Although Referee Da- 
vis shaved the bills of the Paramount 
receivers from $296,000 to $208,000, 
Attorneys Rogers and Zirn, for the 
creditors, will fight the new amounts 
anyway when they come up to Fed- 
eral Judge Bondy for approval. 

Adolph Zukor gets his $18,545 in 
full; Charles Hilles gets $25,000 in- 
stead of $30,000; and Root, Clark 
and Buckner get $100,000 instead of 
$125,000, under the approved set-up. 

'Cavalcade' inC. B. 
Saves Fox Shirt 

New York. — Fox Film Corporation 
will show an operating profit for the 
year, as separated from theatre ac- 

The surprising result is due to the 
immense British business on "Caval- 
cade," which has already grossed over 
a million. 

Lowdown on Figure 

Paid Mary Pickford 

New York. — Contrary to reports, 
Mary Pickford did not get $10,000 
for her appearance at the Paramount 
here, nor is she collecting anything 
near that figure on her current en- 

The New York figure was $6,500 

Elliott of lATSE Due Here 

William Elliott, president of the 
lATSE, arrives in town Wednesday. 

With the IBEW taking over the 
supervision of mudh of the work 
claimed by his organization Elliott will 
have his hands full during his stay in 

Pat Caryn to Produce 

New York. — E. H. Kleinert and Pat 
Caryn have joined forces in an inde- 
pendent production venture with plans 
to produce in the east. Understood 
here that Eddie Dowling is interested 
in the finances. They have purchased 
ja Seth Brown yarn for their first. 

Lovelace May Join Fox 

Hunter Lovelace expects to go into 
ian important Fox story post, possibly 
I in the eastern spot previously planned 
I for Ray Long, if he can work out the 

final details of a deal by which he 

winds up his local agency. 

To Cover Many Other Lapses 
Picture Industry To Be Goat 
As Result Of Questionnaire 


So Uncle Sam is going digging for dirt. He is sending a 
questionnaire out that is asking anything and everything of 
everybody connected with the motion picture industry except 
possibly the legitimacy of their birth. 

Why they're overlooking that last one I don't know. 

And why is Uncle Sam snooping? 

Because a COAT is needed for the next six months or so. 
Headlines must be fed; Congressmen must be given baby rattles; 
fanatics must have something to grind their teeth over; and 
nice homebody people must be distracted from economic ques- 
tions they distrust but know nothing about by giving them 
something that is part of their very lives. 

Why? — Oh, why? — Oh, why? 

Has the picture business ever asked anything of the Covern- 
ment — a dollar, a nickel, a dime, or even an inflated dollar? 

Has the picture business, like the steamship monopolies, ever 
gone to the government asking for millions in gifts in the shape 
of subsidies? 

Has the picture business, like the airplane hijackers, in- 
sinuated dirt and scandal into an Administration through their 
pleas for millions in charity? 

Has the picture business, like the railroads, the banks, ever 
walked into Washington with a tin cup in its right hand and a 
knife in the other that threatened dire results if Uncle Sam 
didn't unloosen? 

Has the picture business, like a hundred American cities, 
politically corrupt, gone to Capitol Hill asking for millions in 
pap — just to keep the "folks" happy? 


The picture business PAYS its way; pays it in persona! and 
corporation taxes; pays it in admission tax burdens; pays it in 
harassing censorship fees; pays it in license fees that run the 
gamut of the alphabet; pays it in UNDERCOVER handouts to 
politicians in a multiplicity of ways in a thousand communities. 

The picture business PAYS — and PAYS — and PAYS. 

And has never asked for a cent. 

Then why make us the COAT? Why spend TAXPAYERS' 
money printing thousands of questionnaires, more money for 
payroll workers in Washington to check those reports, still more 
money for headline-hungry Congressmen to start harrying those 

Why? — Oh, why? — Oh, why? 

Have they sent d questionnaire out to W. R. Hearst, Roy 
Howard, Paul Bloch, A. J. Kobler, Henry Ford, Walter Chrysler, 
to ask what they pay each of their employees and why? 

And what do you suppose would be the reply of any of these 

(Continued on Page 1 1 ) 

Headache for MGM 
on 'Wilderness' Buy 

New York. — After paying over 
$70,000 for "Ah Wilderness," the 
Eugene O'Neill hit, it looks as though 
MGM is more or less stuck with it 
unless they can get George M. Cohan 
for the lead he is playing on the stage. 

And that veteran's demands are 
merely: first, $250,000 for the part; 
second, he won't work for any major 
producer; third, he won't go to Holly- 

Try and wiggle out of that set-up. 
After his experience with Paramount, 
Cohan goes into hysterics when Holly- 
wood is mentioned. 

A possible "out" for MGM is in 
selling the play rights to Krimsky- 
Cochrane, who would produce a pic- 
ture version in the east and therefore 
possibly get Cohan. MGM in turn 
would guarantee release through its 
organization of the completed picture. 

Phil Rosen Set for Picture 
With British Government 

Cabling the Guaranty Trust Com- 
pany $6,000 to be held in escrow for 
Phil Rosen, Joe Rock gets the director 
to pilot the picture he is making for 
British Gaumont in London. 

Rosen leaves on a ten weeks' trip 
February 9. William Stephens of the 
Al Rosen office negotiated the ticket. 

Lasky and Son to Rest 

With Trip to Cuba 

Jesse L. Lasky, accompanied by his 
son, Junior, sailed this morning aboard 
the Pennsylvania for a two weeks' trip 
to Havana, returning by train. 

The Fox producer is taking a brief 
vacation before a big production 
splash. His son is recuperating from 
an appendix operation. 

Gary Grant in Spot 

Opposite Sylvia Sidney 

Gary Grant will be Sylvia Sidney's 
leading man in "Thirty Day Princess," 
which B. P. Schulberg produces for 
Paramount under Marion Gering's di- 

Nat Levine in N. Y. 

New York. — Nat Levine of Mascot 
is devoting two weeks here to lining 
up his new year's production schedule 
and his eastern exploitation campaign. 

Mannix-Selwyn Travel 

Eddie Mannix and Edgar Selwyn 
leave for New York Wednesday for a 
brief vacation. Plan to be back in 
about two weeks. 




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The Jack Gilberts have separated! 
Saturday Mrs. Gilbert moved to her 
mother's home, taking the beautiful 
baby daughter with her. We hear 
that she will start suit for divorce 
some time fhis week, giving incom- 
patibility as the cause. 

The Screen Actors Guild ball was 
not only tremendous, but a tremen- 
dous success — and a great credit to 
the many who worked hard to put it 
over. It was a gay and gorgeous 
party — and when we left at five a.m. 
things "were just starting," which 
gfves you a rough idea. The brief 
cereTionies were simple and sincere — 
arid the show was a knockout. Even 
a lot of producers and stars who 
"never go places" turned out for the 
party to give encouragement to this 
organization which jolly well deserves 
it. The high-spot of the evening was 
the impersonation of the Boswell sis- 
ters given by Bing Crosby, Charlie 
Butterworth and Frank McHugh, in 
their lavender gowns and bonnets. 
Somebody should really make a reel 
of that! Hal LeRoy wowed w fh his 
footwork — as he always does; he's 
sanzational! The singing of Jeanette 
MacDonald, the hoofing of jack Boyle 
and his son, the monkeyshines of Pert 
Kelton, Jimmy Durante and Ted Healy 
(with stooges) and Dick Powell's 
m.c.'ing reaped their share of plau- 
dits. If you missed the party, you 
missed something. 

And before the echoes of the Cuiy 
Ball die away someone ought to give 
a great big orchid to Kenneth Thom- 
son, who to our knowledge has worked 
with the energy -jf a stevedore for the 
past month or more on jobs toward 
which many actors would run their 
noses up. But it is all pa'-J of the 
down to earth labor that make: these 
affairs a success. 


Georgie Raft and Margie King have 
busted up again — and it looks final 
this time. Because the other night 
Georgie drank the first drink he's ever 
had in his ife. And Georgie isn't the 
type to "drown" anything but a beeg 
sorrow. Just the same — we expect 
them to be around together any min- 
ute — so we're playing safe on pre- 


Radio prod.; director, Elliott Nugent; writers, John Van Druten, Dwight Taylor. 

Music Hall 

Times: Fairly diverting. Considering the limited possibilities of her role, Miss 
Dunne does remarkably well. Mr. Brook as Evers has better opportuni- 
ties and he makes the most of them. 

American: The few embarrassing moments of the story are perhaps more than 
balanced by the good ones, and even more by the fine, finished portrayal 
of Irene Dunne. The histrionic possibilities, the dramatic depths of this 
star have not yet been sounded by the plummet of her vehicles. 

Herald-Tribune: While the dialogue is bright and the staging handsome, the 
pattern of the plot construction, and the idea behind it, have by now be- 
come somewhat threadbare. The story has a depth and seriousness which 
make it quite believable. The trouble is, perhaps, it is almost anybody's 
triangle, and that, added to the screen's pride in its monopoly of such 
things, makes it hard for the long suffering critic to bear. 

Mirror: Neither Miss Dunne nor Brook appear at their best in the conventional 
vehicle provided them. The scenes are too highly artificial. 

News: Little more than mediocre entertainment. The backgrounds are inter- 
esting and sometimes lovely. The dialogue brightens up the picture oc- 
casionally, but on the whole the conversation is hardly more original than 
the plot. 

iournal: The picture is handsomely mounted. Miss Dunne, who sings snatches 
of song in her charming voice, gives one of her customarily sincere per- 

Post: Mr. Brook, whatever else you might call him, is hardly a Buddy Rogers. 
Occasionally the phoniness of the story is relieved by the earnest and ap- 
pealing performance of Irene Dunne. It is one of the best things she has 
done on the screen, but even she cannot make a single-handed rescue. 
The picture has the benefit of able direction and some excellent acting in 
the secondary roles. 

Unfortunately, the core of the idea is pretty soft, the language is lush and 
the characterizations are flimsy. The result is that "If I Were Free" is 
still made up of a lot of old staples. And the present cast, excepting that 
admirable actor, Henry Stephenson, does little to help matters along, even 
if it does include Irene Dunne, Clive Brook, Nils Asther and Laura Hope 

Thalberg Dares Do 
What Radio Passes 

As a result of Irving Thalberg's 
decision to place Diana Wynyard in 
the star spot in "Declasse," MCM has 
inverted its thumbs on loan-out deals 
for the player. 

Strangely enough, Radio at one time 
recently, before accepting MCM's pur- 
chase price for the property, dropped 
plans for it and canceled its loan- 
out deal for Miss Wynyard after de- 
ciding the story could not be licked. 
Thalberg is apparently challenging the 


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Roger Marchefti 
Acts As Cupid Aid 

Roger Marchetti, picture attorney, 
is understudying Cupid. Two breach 
of promise suits handled by the lawyer 
have wound up with the plaintiffs and 
defendants marrying. 

Latest case is that of Donald Cook 
and Maxine Lewis. Just prior to that, 
heart-balm action by Betty McMahon, 
screen player, was dropped when Wil- 
liam H. Stevens, Beverly Hills social- 
ite, did the altar-act with her. Mar- 
chetti denies he is opening his own 
marriage license bureau in competi- 
tion with the one operated by the city. 

Ralph Spence Spotted on 
'Strictly Dynamite' Yarn 

Ralph Spence has temporarily 
dropped his plans for his trip east to 
go to work for H. N. Swanson at Ra- 
dio on the "Strictly Dynamite" screen 
play. Jimmy Durante stars on loan 
from MCM. The Small-Landau office 
set the Spence ticket. 

Ed Shubert Renewed 

Warners exercised the option on 
Eddie Shubert's contract for another 
three months' period. The player has 
appeared in eight pictures during that 

Mae Clarke in Demand 

Warners have asked MGM for the 
loan of Mae Clarke for an important 
spot in the Aline MacMahon starrer, 
"Fur Coats." 



Nomination and election of writer representatives on the N.R.A. 
Motion Picture Code will take place at the 

8:30, TONIGHT 

Come prepared to vote for your representatives on the 





The size of the vote tonight will determine whether this will be 
considered a valid and representative writer election. Don't endanger 
the writers' cause by staying away. 

A complete ticket will be offered by The Screen Writers' Guild. 
Non-Guild members, or any other writers, desiring to do so, are 
invited to make further nominations by ticket or from the floor. 
Every effort has been made to preserve impartiality in the machinery 
of election. 

Frank E. Woods is head of the Tellers' Committee. 
IMPORTANT — The future of the screen writers will be in the hands 
of those to be selected tonight. 


No admission to meeting without authorized credentials. 
Proxies provided for accredited writers unable to be present. 


Jan. 15. 1934 

Page Three 



Dee and Director 
Top the Picture 


Direction John BIystone 

Authors Becky Gardiner and 

Gladys Unger 

Adaptors Gladys Unger and 

Jesse Lasky Jr. 
Ptiotography John Seitz 

Cast: Frances Dee, Gene Raymond, 
Alison Skipworth, Nigel Bruce, 
Harry Green, Gilbert Emory and 
Marjorie Gateson. 

It is unfortunate that a picture as 
exquisitely presented in all depart- 

, ments as "Coming Out Party" is, 
should be burdened with a plot that 

I Inspires derisive giggles in the audi- 

i ence. 

' Splendidly acted by a fine cast, a 
personal triumph for Frances Dee, di- 
rected by John BIystone with a grand 
flavor and zest, the picture is a beau- 
tiful, inspired structure resting upon 

' extremely wobbly underpinnings. The 
preview audience was always about 
ten jumps ahead of the story and it 
was vocally dissatisfied with some of 
the more hackneyed and threadbare 
formalae which were dragged in. 

Frances Dee is the rich little Park 
Avenue girl in love with a penniless 
musician, Gene Raymond. Her father 
is more interested in his yacht than in 
his daughter, and her mother is so 
sold on the family-tradition angle that 
the poor girl, who discovers just be- 
fore her coming out party that she is 

i going to have a baby, has no one to 
confide in but Harry Green, the owner 
of the orchestra in which Raymond 
plays. During the party, she desperate- 
ly elopes with a rich young drinking 
feller, because Gene has at last got- 
ten his chance to go to Europe on a 
concert tour, and she won't tell him 
about the baby because of the fear of 
ruining his career. However, the faith- 
ful old butler drags Gene off the boat 
just in the nick of time and every- 
thing comes out all right. 

If something in the way of rewrit- 
ing could be done with the baby se- 
quence the picture would have a very 
good chance at being a good bet. It 
was there that the audience began to 
snicker, and they kept it up. Every- 
thing else, as said before, is O.K. Miss 
Dee does a bright, shining piece of 
work in this film, and turns in a per- 
formance that will impress everybody, 
no matter how lightly the picture is 

Becky Gardiner and Gladys Unger 
wrote the story, and Miss Unger and 
Jesse Lasky, Jr. made the best adapta- 
tion they could of it. John Seitz pho- 
tographed beautifully. 

It's Miss Dee's picture, and it's too 
bad the story isn't worthy of her. 

(Oliver Morosco Hurt 
Oliver Morosco was found in a 
dazed condition and with a bruised 
chin Sunday morning at Hollywood 
boulevard and McCadden place. The 
producer was rushed to the receiving 
hospital for treatment. He was rest- 
ing comfortably last nigh*. 

Fortunes of War 

Only disappointed persons with- 
in range of the Screen Actors' ball 
the other night were a flock of 
male and female process servers 
disguised as autograph hounds hop- 
ing to plaster Rudy Vallee on be- 
half of Fay Webb. Rudy was al- 
ready high-tailing it to Arizona, 
much to his regret having to bow 
out as m.c. for the Guild. 

Name New Slate to 
Guide Radio Houses 

New York. — M. H. Aylesworth has 
announced the list of officers and di- 
rectors w'ho will in the future control 
and operate the twin Radio City 

Headed by Aylesworth as chairman 
of the board they are: J. R. McDon- 
ough, president; W. G. Vanshmus, 
vice president and comptroller; L. E. 
Thompson, vice president and acting 
general manager; Herman Zohbel, 
treasurer, and William Maillard, sec- 
retary. Directors are the above and 
Webster B. Todd, Joseph O. Brown 
and F. T. Christy. 

Vanshmus and Todd are Rockefeller 

|uicy Offers for Stars on 
Personal Appearances 

Warner, RKO and Marco have of- 
fered Jean Harlow, Clara Bow and 
Lee Tracy juicy deals for personal ap- 
pearances through Walter Kane of the 
Weber office. 

Each star is being offered $5,000 
per week against fifty percent of the 
gross, with the theatre organizations 
ready to show them certified records 
of the last ten weeks' business in the 
houses to be played. 

Three Pictures Up For 
Next Chinese Offering 

Sid Grauman is still in a quandary 
as to which picture to book into the 
Chinese Theatre following "Little 
Women" and expects to reach a deci- 
sion today. 

He is deliberating between the Al 
Jolson picture "Wonder Bar," Garbo's 
"Queen Christina" and Connie Ben- 
nett's "Moulin Rouge." 

Lowell Reports to WB 

Helen Lowell, recently signed on a 
long term deal by Warners, arrived 
here yesterday from New York and 
goes into a supporting role in "Fur 
Coats" today. Miss Lowell has ap- 
peared in a number of Broadway pro- 
ductions, but this is her first try at 

Jason Coming West 

New York. — Leigh Jason left for 
the coast Saturc';-/ to take up a six 
weeks' engagement with Hal Roach, 
after which he will return to New 
York to produce again for Meyer Da- 
vis-Van Beuren, with a Radio release. 

W. C. Fields To Solo 
As Star in Next Para 

Erie Kenton has been chosen by 
Paramount to direct the picture sched- 
uled under the tentative title "You're 
Telling Me," which has been definite- 
ly decided upon as a solo starring ve- 
hicle for W. C. Fields. 

Following a series of assignments in 
which he shared comedy honors with 
others. Fields branches out on his own 
with the company concluding that he 
has reached the budding-out stage. 
William LeBaron supervises the event 
and has J. P. McEvoy, Paul Jones and 
Walter DeLeon chopping out the 
screen play. 

British Pics Serious 
Threat in Canada 

New York. — Increasing prospects 
for British pictures in Canada raise a 
serious problem for American pro- 

Eighty-eight British pictures were 
released in the Dominion last year, the 
majority by Regal and Empire Films, 
both companies controlled by N. L. 
Nathanson, who also has most of Can- 
ada's theatres tied up. 

Leslie Howard's Radio 

Pic To Start Feb. 10 

Radio has set the starting date of 
Somerset Maugham's story "Of Hu- 
man Bondage," which will star Les- 
lie Howard, for February 10. John 
Cromwell will direct. 

"Stingaree," another big production 
at that studio, will also get under way 
on that date. Irene Dunne will have 
the starring role and William Well- 
man will direct. 

Kane Richmond Returns 
To Screen With Columbia 

Out of pictures for a year after a 
siege of fever contracted during a film 
expedition into the Malay states, Kane 
Richmond is breaking into the game 
again. Columbia has signed the player 
for a featured role in "Storm at Mid- 
night," the next Tim McCoy produc- 
tion which Irving Briskin supervises. 

Rambeau Off for Florida 

Giving pictures the go-by, Marjorie 
Rambeau left Saturday by boat for 
Miami, where she will spend a four 
months' vacation at her home there. 
Edward Small has her under contract 
for two more pictures on a four-pic- 
ture deal. 

Praskins Back at 20th 

Leonard Praskins returns to the 
Zanuck fold at Twentieth Century on 
a one-picture deal to write the screen 
play for "Head of the Family," a story 
in preparation for George Arliss. The 
Small-Landau office represent Pras- 

Jimmy Dunn Broadcasts 

Jimmy Dunn has been engaged to 
head the program on the Shell Oil 
hour next Monday night. Walter 
Kane of the Weber office set the en- 


Having made a lot of notes, we 
might just as well comment on them 
— well, on one of them anyway — on 
account of our sunny disposition is 
at a low ebb at the moment and it's 
no fun commenting when you feel 
perfectly swell about things. For 
years now we have been hearing all 
about the bugaboo of censorship and 
how the picture industry has tried to 
evade it. Now in its great efforts 
to keep censorship as far away from 
it as fXJssible, instead of getting in 
there and fighting it out for them- 
selves, and not to soil its dainty fin- 
gers, it has long delegated that job 
to a hired group, and that group is 
not an attacking army but a shield 
and a shield that's very evidently made 
out of very pliable steel because the 
darned thing bends every which way 
and doesn't move. 

Well, the picture industry, in the 
fair State of New York anyway, will 
shortly have a chance to prove whether 
or not it is sincere in its desire to 
rid itself of an irksome, expensive pest 
that more often than not succeeds in 
inserting nasty implication rather than 
eliminating some decent outspoken- 
ness. There is a Movie Bill pending 
before the State Assembly that offers 
to do away with State Censorship. 
And the price of this almost price- 
less elimination is the paying of a 
state tax of so many dollars per foot 
instead of license fees fully 50 per 
cent of which go to pay salaries for 
a supervision that is not only un- 
wanted but unnecessary. This tax is 
to be slightly higher than the license 
fees, but it will be a legitimate rev- 
enue for the state that will eventually 
do some good for the citizens of the 
state. And not only that, it will ac- 
tually result in the savings of thous- 
ands of dollars to picture companies 
by making it possible for no cuts to 
be made in a picture and no expen- 
sive retakes will be necessary. And 
of course the classic example of that 
kind of expense was "Scarface." 

And the main reason for all this 
club of censorship has been that the 
picture companies themselves were 
either unwilling or afraid to fight for 
their own rights. The question of 
censorship somehow having managed 
to get itself all bound round by poli- 
tics and not only that, but the very 
organization that was formed by and 
is still being paid for by the picture 
industry to keep the government clear 
of its picture-making policies and 
aims, has allowed itself to go on rec- 
ord with the statement that it doesn't 
understand how the government has 
allowed the industry to continue on 
its own for so long and practically begs 
for political guidance. As pretty a 
picture of patriotism as we have heard 
in a long time. Well, it's still up to 
the picture industry. Given its sup- 
port, verbally and actively, the Movie 
Bill that comes up shortly can be 
pushed through. It is a fair and 
equitable bill that will do credit to 
both the state and the industry — and 
that's a brand of patriotism that the 
picture business can afford to sub- 
scribe to and buy. 

























































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Ian. 15. 1934 


Henry Armetta signed through J. 
C. Mayer for "Viva Villa," MCM. 

Albert Conti set by Menifee I. 
Johnstone in "Rip Tide," MCM. 

Renee Whitney and Lorina Layson 
into "Merry V/ives of Reno" at War- 

Harry Holman and Robert Gregg 
added to "Wonder Bar" at Warners. 

Clara Blandick into "Sonata," Co- 
lumbia, through Walter Kane of the 
Weber office. 

Matt Briggs for a featured role in 
"Hot Air," Warners. Leo Morrison 
did it. 

Frank Conroy for "Upperworid," 
Warners, through Leo Morrison. 

Greta Meyer for "All Men Are Ene- 
mies," Al Rockett's Fox picture. Wil- 
liam Otto of the William S. Cill office 
set the deal. 

Mary Kornman, Jane Keckley and 
Aggie Herring set through Lichtig and 
Englander for Chesterfield's "Under- 
standing Heart." 

Cornelius Keefe signed for "Three 
on a Honeymoon," Fox. Deal handled 
by Lichtig and Englander. 

Dorothy Granger has been set by J. 
C. Mayer for two short subject as- 
signments. Goes into "Mixed Nuts" 
at Roach and "Ladies Pet," Cillstrom- 

Fred Malatesta swings from "Mas- 
querade" at Fox to a featured assign- 
ment in "Rip Tide," MCM. J. C. 
Mayer did it. 

Sarah Edwards signed through Ivan 
Kahn for "Hit Me Again," Warners. 

Lenita Lane into "Disillusion," Fox, 
set by Ivan Kahn. 

Eddie Nugent engaged by Para- 
mount for a featured role in "Come 
on Marines." William Stephens of 
the Al Rosen office negotiated. 

Paul Ellis added to the cast of War- 
ners' Spanish picture, "The Fortune 

Edwards on Tour 

New York. — Sol Edwards, assistant 
sales manager for Educational Pictures, 
is on a tour of the Fox exchanges in 
the middle west. He will cover Cleve- 
land, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, St. 
Louis, Kansas City, Omaha, Des 
Moines, Minneapolis and Chicago. 

Barclay Option Lifted 

Hal Roach notifed Don Barclay Sat- 
urday that the comedian's option has 
been exercised and the player contin- 
ues with the MCM short subjects pro- 
ducer for another year on a deal ne- 
gotiated through Small-Landau. 

Alex Cray in Educ. Short 

New York. — Educational has signed 
Alexander Cray, musical comedy star, 
for a two-reel short, "Trav'ling the 

Carpentier Tries Again 

Paris. — Georges Carpentier is mak- 
ing a picture here for Caumont. 

Mitzi Green Grows 
Up in Next Radio 

Mitzi Green was definitely set Sat- 
urday by Radio for a featured role in 
"Finishing School" to be co-directed 
by Wanda Tuchock and George Nich- 

This marks Mitzi Green's first pic- 
ture in over a year and also the first 
in which she plays the role of a more- 
matured girl than in her previous work. 

Esther Ralston To Do 

Sadie McKee' Role 

Esther Ralston has been a.$signed a 
featured role in the Joan Crawford 
picture "Sadie McKee" as the first 
job on that lot since she signed a term 
contract with MCM three months ago. 

No male lead has definitely been 
set, although Arthur Jarrett still has 
the inside track and it is expected that 
the official okay will be given any 
day now. Clarence Brown will direct. 

Richard Dix Anxious To 
Do Tamily Man' Next 

Radio may switch Richard Dix's next 
starring vehicle from "Crime Doctor" 
to the Salisbury Fields story "Family 
Man," which was originally scheduled 
to be a Clive Brook yarn. 

Dix is trying to persuade Radio to 
let him do it next and then do "Crime 
Doctor" as his second vehice. 

Screen Writers' Guild Get 
Set For Election Tonight 

The Screen Writers' Guild is making 
final arrangements for the NRA code 
election for representatives tonight. 
The officers expect a good representa- 
tion of writers, either in person or by 
proxy. Several prominent non-Guild 
members have asked for proxies. 

VARIETY says: 

~ Austin, aided by Candy and 

the mob at his Clover 
Club opening. Chanted eight hours 
straight. . . . The . 

Gene Austin, aiaea oy ^anay ana 
Coco, panicked the mob at his Clover 

panic continues 

at th( 





Kelton's Black Eye 
Breaks Into Print 

Radio disclosed Saturday that the 
black eye sported by Pert Kelton dur- 
ing the making of "So You Won't 
Sing, Eh?" was the work of a make- 
up artist who painted it about the 
Kelton orb for purposes of story. 

The ringer, glimpsed one day as 
Miss Kelton was at lunch at the Ra- 
dio commissary, has resulted in a raft 
of publicity through the nation's news 
columns and fan magazines, all of the 
speculative sort. Player was person- 
ally embarrassed by the incident, but 
Radio reaped a harvest of pre-release 
exploitation on the picture as a re- 

Nicholls Back from N. Y. 

George Nicholls returned from New 
York yesterday, having photographed 
the required exteriors for "Finishing 
School," which he will co-direct with 
Wanda Tuchock for Radio. 

'johnny Mack' Up at Fox 

Fox is closing negotiations with 
Johnny Mack Brown for a featured as- 
signment in "Three on a Honeymoon." 
Zasus Pitts is also set for a top spot. 
Sol Wurtzel makes the picture. 

Hollywood Headquarters for 


Phone CRanite 4111 

Large Membership 
Claimed by Union 

New York. — The secretary of the 
newly formed Theatre and Amusement 
Employes' Union, Local 113, claims 
more than 2000 workers already have 
been enrolled. 

Two mass meetings were held last 
week in furtherance of American Fed- 
eration of Labor plans thoroughly to 
organize white collar and other work- 
ers in the amusement industry, the 
campaign starting in the east. An- 
other meeting will be held this week. 

One of the chief objects of the or- 
ganization as held out to prospective 
members is securing a scale higher 
than that incorporated in the NRA 
code for this class of workers. 



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Page Eleven 

Dud Nichols Given 
New Ticket at Fox 

His two-year contract expiring, 
Dudley Nichols has been awarded a 
new deal with Fox on a group pic- 
ture arrangerr>ent. Writer, regarded 
as one of the company's aces, fore- 
goes his usual weekly pay check in 
preference to a lump sum per picture 
deal with Sol Wurtzel giving him a 
sizable tilt over his old contract. 

First of his picture deals is on a 
loanout to Jesse Lasky to write the 
screen play for "Grand Canary." 

Kay Francis Returns, With 
The Key' Likely Her Next 

Kay Francis returned to town Sat- 
urday on the Chief from her month's 
vacation in New York. Miss Francis 
will probably have "The Key" as her 
next Warner vehicle. She is already 
set for the role of Josephine in "Na- 
poleon," with Edward G. Robinson, 
but the picture will not get under way 
until Frank Borzage, slated to direct, 
has finished "Little Man, What Now?" 
for Universal. 

Raft To Take Vacation 
After 'Nick the Creek' 

George Raft will make one picture, 
"Nick the Greek," for Charles R. Rog- 
ers on completion of "Trumpet Blows" 
for Paramount and will then hop off 
for Europe, accompanied by his body- 
guard, Mac Grey. 

The player has obtained a three 
months' vacation from the studio at 
that time. 

Jones-McNutt to Do Own 

Grover Jones and William Slavens 
McNutt are fninishing up on the script 
of "Fifty-two Weeks for Fleurette," 
the Ciaudette Colbert picture which 
Louis D. Lighten is supervising, and 
will now start preparation on the sec- 
ond picture for their own production 
unit titled "The Son Comes Up." Pro- 
duction will get under way in about 
five weeks, with Richard Arlen in the 
top spot. 

Angel on Wurtzel's List 

Exercising its option on Heather 
Angel for another year, Fox has noti- 
fied its bookkeeping department to 
make out the British import's first 
salary check on the extended ticket 
against the Sol Wurtzel picture "Mur- 
der in Trinidad." 

Jason and Burton Tagged 

Radio Saturday signed Will Jason 
and Val Burton, song writing team, to 
write the music for the next Wheeler 
and Woolsey feature comedy, "Frat 
Heads." Ben Holmes and Eddie Kauf- 
man are scripting, with Louis Brock 
set to direct. 

Hugh Herbert Renewed 

Warners cut a coupon off the con- 
tract held by Hugh Herbert and the 
comedian remains with the company 
for another six months. His deal was 
set by Bren-Orsatti. 

Gloria Shea in 'U' Short 

Warren Doane signed Gloria Shea 
Saturday for the role opposite Sterling 
Halloway in an untitled short subject 
he is making for Universal. Walter 
Kane of the Weber office negotiated. 


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gentlemen to the impertinence, the crass insolence of such a 



Let's look at it from another angle. 

Certainly there are many of us employees in the picture busi- 
ness who would be tickled to hear the exact figures on what 

That's human nature. 

Certainly there are a hundred thousand picture stockholders 
— just as there are a million bank depositors, foreign loan hold- 
ers, and what not — who will delight in seeing anybody at all 
pilloried in a headline for having made money. 

But when you finish with the delight of taking the cream off 
the milk — what have you left? 


Just supposing that the replies to the questionnaires showed 
that Greta Garbo made a million dollars last year. Is there a 
stockholder of MGM in this wide, broad country who would 
take it on his personal shoulders to FIRE Greta Garbo tomorrow? 

Suppose the questionnaire showed a figure beyond the dreams 
of a District of Columbia civil service worker for Irving Thal- 
berg's annual check? 

Would you, or I, or anyone with a smattering of business 
sense, let Irving Thalberg get away from our organization? 

Suppose — and keep on "supposing" until you fold up in 
dreams — and you can't get anything but ridiculous suppositions 
that can't stand up on reason except with the statement: 

The public has to get some pap to keep its eyes the right way. 
Congressmen need something about which to make speeches. 
Moving pictures are the heart of American life. Let's use the 


May we be pardoned for striking what may seem like a child- 
ish note in this ten-point column? 

Why hasn't the questionnaire asked what salary Louis B. 
Mayer pays his valet? — or what allowance Sam Goldwyn gives 
his wife for clothes and house expenses? 

There's just as much logic and just as much reason. 

Come out in the open and be frank, gentlemen of the Brain 
Trust. If this Government onlv recognized Russia because it 
was already prepared to go further than Russia in the snooping 
and prying and sniffing into private business — why not say so? 

Why make the picture business the medium of another 
"Noble Experiment" — after the manner in which the Arrierican 
voter has shown what he thinks of "noble experiments"? 


It is our firm conviction that the picture industry can ignore 
every single one of these questionnaires. 


Because, first of all, the only department of government that 
is entitled to these figures receives them now with due dili- 
gence—the income tax department. 

Second, because when the income tax was first inflicted on 
the American public a great play was made of the solemn prom- 
ise that all figures presented WOULD BE ABSOLUTELY CON- 

That was a covenant with the American people which the 
United States Government has flagrantly violated. 

And, lastly, because the Government hasn't — in the case of 
the motion picture industry which has neither asked, nor hinted, 
nor hoped for any Government help in its troubles — a SINGLE, 
SOLITARY SHRED OF LEGAL RIGHT to go before the Supreme 
Court of the United States and force anyone to answer these 

Thank God for the Supreme Court! 

Keaton and Weil 
Take Tiff to Court 

Alleging breach of contract, Jesse 
Weil, publicity man, filed suit Satur- 
urday against Buster Keaton for 
$104,000, according to Gordon Le- 
voy, Weil's attorney. 

Weil charges he held a six-picture 
contract with Keaton when the co- 
median signed with Educational 
through Leo Morrison. Agent, when 
informed of the action, claimed Edu- 
cational looked over the Weil con- 
tract and decided it was not exclu- 

Ates in Court Scrap Over 
N. O. Gambling Debt 

Municipal Court judge Arthur 
Crum set aside Saturday the default 
judgment against Rosco Ates in the 
suit brought by A. L. Pillsbury for 
$225. Action was on the motion of 
Ates' attorney, Roger Marchetti. 

When the case comes to trial it will 
be one of the rare instances of a suit 
tried under the laws of another state. 
Ates, who is alleged to have borrowed 
the money from Pillsbury while shoot- 
ing crap with the plaintiff in New 
Oi leans, will contend that the debt 
falls under the head of gambling and 
is illegal in the southern metropolis. 

Two New Pics Start 

At Paramount Today 

Paramount placed two pictures into 
work today, the Bing Crosby picture, 
"We're Not Dressing," with Carole 
Lombard playing the feminine lead 
opposite him, and Norman Taurog di- 
recting, and the next George Raft ve- 
hicle, "Trumpet Blows," with Fran- 
ces Drake playing the feminine lead 
and Stephen Roberts directing. 

Arline Judge and Hubby 
Back From New York 

Wesley Ruggles and wife, Arline 
Judge, returned to Hollywood last 
night from a short visit to New York. 
Ruggles will direct "Yonder Lies Jeri- 
cho" as his next assignment for Para- 
mount and Miss Judge will go in a 
featured spot in "The Firebrand" as 
her next job for Twentieth Century. 

Mono. Reopens Wed. 

Monogram will awake from its 
month's siesta Wednesday when W. T. 
Lackey puts "The Loud Speaker" in- 
to production with Ray Walker in the 
lead and Joseph Santley directing. This 
will be the first of four productions 
to be made by the plant in as many 

Bill Frawley Not Tested 

While William Frawley has been 
considered and still is under consid- 
eration for the press agent role in 
"Twentieth Century" at Columbia, he 
has never been tested for the spot. 
Frawley is now under contract to Para- 

Barnett in Hoffman Pic 

M. H. Hoffman has signed Vince 
Barnett for the comedy lead in "Take 
the Witness," Liberty's next produc- 
tion. Leo Morrison set the ticket. 


forhf Boy Offi 


For years Mr. Horton and Miss Oliver have 'stolen the 
show' from the foremost stars of stage and screen. To- 
gether they make a starring team without an equal. The 
funniest situation comedy in years has been wisely chosen 
to introduce them. 

Another hit! — and plenty more where this came from — 
Universal. Play this early! 

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• IF this industry is wondering why it 
has been exclusively selected for a 
national prying and snooping siege, 
the question can be answered very 

First of all, we brought it on our- 
selves in the preliminary code pro- 
ceedings at Washington. 

When the New York executives 
thought they had a corner on "influ- 
ence" they shoved through a plank 
for a curb on excessive players' sal- 

[ And yipped with glee. 

[ When the whirlwind was at its 
height someone started pointing a fin- 
ger at the executives, and asking 
about excessive desk salaries, dupli- 
cated salaries in a multiplicity of cor- 
porations, relatives' pension lists, and 

\ And we are reaping the whirlwind. 
Because the backbiting was so de- 
lightful no one recalled the whole 
thing was none of Washington's busi- 

But there is another reason, equally 
important. More legislative moves 
are a result of loose "out of hours" 
talk by those to be ultimately affected 
than is generally realized. 

And it is a disease of this busi- 
ness to be always ready to shoot a 
barb at the other fellow's alleged 
incompetence or his excessive earn- 

The director who pulls every wire 
to get his girl friend, his brother-in- 
law, his massager, on the studio pay- 
roll is the loudest in the raucous 
laughter at the owner of the com- 
pany who, with millions of his own 
money invested, dares to give a job^ 
to a relative. 

There are other examples. You 
don't need our pointing them out — 
they're all too common. You know 
yourselves how a picture conversation 
never needs its second breath before 
it becomes a knocking session. 

It's our indoor sport, and our out- 
door vocation. 

We are told the boys did quite a 
bit of this gabbing in the long weary 
hotel lobby hours in Washington. To 
very willing ears. To wily Washing- 
tonians who have been playing the 
game of listening to industrial Babbits 
for years. 

We fed them. 

Now we have to take the punish- 

Exhibitors Set Date 

New York. — March 10 has been 
set as the tentative date for con- 
vening in Hollywood this year's na- 
tional convention of the MPTOA. 

Zanft Reported Due 
To Open Agency 

Major John Zanft, former head of 
Fox theatres, who arrived on the West 
Coast recently for the purpose of as- 
sociating himself with an established 
agency, is reported to be making 
plans to go into the business as a 
"lone wolf." 

Zanft had deals on with M. C. Levee 
and Phil Berg, but neither of the 
agencies could see his terms. 

Bernard Carber, Young 
Writer, Auto Fatality 

Bernard Carber, nephew of David 
Carber, Charles Rogers' art director, 
was instantly killed early yesterday 
morning just outside of Callup, New 
Mexico, when a bursting tire over- 
turned his car. 

Carber, a popular figure among the 
younger writers, was journeying east 
in response to nibbles by the Theatre 
Guild on a play which he had written 
in collaboration with Michael Sim- 

Add to Extras Croup 

New York — Code Authority appoint- 
ed j. Buckley Russell and P. M. Fried- 
man, the latter Fox casting director, 
as additional members of the com- 
mittee on extras. 

Hecht Sets MOM Deal 

New York. — Ben Hecht has set his 
signature to the deal to do "Prisoner 
of Zenda" for MCM. 

Nazis Now Ready For Action 
On Long Forecast Rules To 
Govern A// Phases Of Pictures 

Berlin. — The Nazis are now ready to swing into action on 
the picture industry. All the various rules and regulations hinted 
at in recent months, some of them in operation by unwritten 
law, have been collated and under a control set up in the Film 

Chamber will now go into immediate 

Show Contracts On 
Pickford P. A. Deals 


Reporting to their superiors at 
Washington yesterday the United 
States Department of Commerce at 
Berlin tells of the complete reorgani- 
zation of the Cerman picture industry 
which the Covernment now puts into 

If American picture people feel that 
the NRA is stepping into their busi- 

(Continued on Page 9) 

Mike Boylan Lands 
Fox Story Post 

With the signing yesterday of Mal- 
colm Stuart Boylan as story editor 
filling the spot vacated by Phillip 
Klein, Fox has straightened out its 
story department set-up. Julian John- 
son is the head of the story depart- 
ment. Ray Long remains at the local 
plant on a special assignment. 

Cotton Warburton Starts 
Film Career As Cutter 

l.-vine "Cotton" Warburton, the 
University of Southern California's 
All-Amencan quarterback, yesterday, 
started working at a part time job on 
the Warner lot. He was assigned to 
learn the cutting end of the business. 


New York. — Still another chapter 
is going to be written in untangling 
the maze of Paramount's affairs. The 
Manufacturers' Trust Company, as 
trustee of $9,250,000 of bonds of 
the bankrupt Allied Owners Corp., has 
asked the court for permission to fore- 
close on four Brooklyn theatres, the 
Paramount, Pitkin, Kings, Valencia, 
and one in Alabama. 

These houses were built by Allied 
Owners for Paramount, but the latter 
(Continued on Page 1 1 ) 

Doran Denies RKO Rumor 

New York. — D. A. Doran today de- 
nied having had any talks with Radio 
regarding the post of eastern story 
editor and says there is no truth at 
all to the rumors. 

'Roberta' Price Scares RKO 

^^^Ratfro is hot on negotiations with 

^Tvlax Cordon for the purchase of "Ro- 

oerta" but can't make up its mind to 

shelling out $75,000, the asked price. 

Contradicting reports from New 
York that the lowdown on Mary Pick- 
ford's personal appearance salary was 
$6500 a week, N. A. McKay, execu- 
tive for Miss Pickford, yesterday al- 
lowed a Reporter representative to ex- 
amine the actual contracts for her 
appearances to date. 

Miss Pickford's Paramount, New 
York, contract called for $12,500 for 
the week and fifty-fifty over $60,- 
000; the Chicago deal, $10,000, split- 
ting over $50,000, with this run 
showing a few thousand to split; and 
the current Metropolitan deal in Bos- 
ton, $10,000, with the split figure 

Under the deals the star has the 
privilege of okaying the picture that 
will play with her appearance; while 
the theatre companies also stand all 
additional salaries in the playlet cast. 

Cummings Price $30,000 

Just a gentle idea of what Benn 
Levy thinks of his wife, Constance 
Cummings, is apparent in his coun- 
seling the player to ask $30,000 per 
picture on a free-lance basis. Her 
Twentieth Century deal, a twenty- 
four week ticket, expires January 20, 
with no option stipulated. 

Para. Adds Color Cartoon 

New York. — Paramount is the 
latest to add a color cartoon series 
to its list, with Max Fleischer, pro- 
ducer of the organization's cartoons 
for years, slated to make the subject. 
The series will be known as "Color 

Shearer Temporarily Out , 

Norma Shearer has been ill for the 
past few days and MCM is shooting 
around her in her picture, "Rip Tide." 
The star is expected to return in a 
day or two to resume work. 

George White's Scandals' | 


directing with 
Thornton Freeland 

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at Los Angeles, under the act of March 3, 

Sidney Fox expects to file her di- 
vorce papers against Charlie Beahan 
in a week or so— remaining here for 
film work. . . . The theatre lobby was 
full of movie execs who looked mad 
because they didn't have Francis Led- 
erer under contract, when "Autumn 
Crocus" opened Sunday night. . . Joan 
Crawford, Franchot Tone, Sylvia Sid- 
ney, B. P. Schulberg, the Jack Mor- 
gans, the J. Walter Rubins, Gloria 
Swanson, Count Carpegna, Countess di 
Frasso, Lyie Talbot among those who 
raved about Lederer. ... A publicity 
man at Warners is much on the spot 
for something that a fellow three 
thousand miles away is responsible 
for! . . . Bernice Curland has accepted 
Nat Coldstone — and gets her engage- 
ment ring next week! 

Hugh Herbert did his ventriloquist 
act so well in a restaurant the other 
day that Guy Kibbee, across the room, 
almost got his face slapped by a wait- 
ress! . . . Fashion note: Ted Healey 
showed up for work yesterday in a 
yellow sweater, a bright blue tie, a 
brown coat, cream colored trousers 
and a purple hanky! . . . Bebe Daniels 
gave a triple-birthday party Sunday 
night for lotsa people. . . . Harmon O. 
Nelson, who came here to spend Xmas 
with Bette Davis, is still here. . . Kay 
Francis, back in town, denies those 
rumors that her husband, Ken Mac- 
Kenna, didn't know about their sep- 
aration until he read it — she says they 
talked it over for days before deciding 
together to make the announcement 
through the studio — which they did. 

Warren William has just gotten a 
patent for the new kind of dog-house 
that he's invented — and he's in a 
dither. . . . The RIc Cortezes are off 

to Del Monte for a week If 

Alice Faye didn't flee with Rudy Val- 
lee — she's better come forth and say 
so — because everybody thinks she did! 
. . . The football game Sunday got all 
the stay-up-laters from the night be- 
fore — and then some! . . . Chaplin, 
Goddard, Parsons, Vidor, Velez and 
Weissmulier among those there — you 
guess the front names! . . . We hear 
Tallulah Bankhead is about to toss the 
play-scripts overboard and come back 
here any minute. . . And Marjorie 
Moss Goulding is terribly and danger- 


Non-Guild Faction 
Puts Up Argument 

At a meeting of which six of some 
two hundred writers were non-Guild 
members, leaders of the Screen 
Writers' Guild put on a battle among 
themselves which repaid the non- 
member contingent for their trouble 
in putting in an appearance. 

But when the votes were counted, 
the non-guild members had been put 
in their place — the election being car- 
ried entirely by the Guild's own slate. 
John Howard Lawson was elected to 
the code authority. Ernest Pascal and 
Wells Root were set in for the Agency 
Committee; and the nine suggested 
for Deputy Administrator Rosenblatt's 
selection of five for the writer-pro- 
ducer board '5-5 committee) were 
Oliver H. P. Garrett, Rupert Hughes, 
Ralph Block, John F. Natteford, Seton 
I. Miller, Gladys Lehman, Samuel K. 
Omitz, John Emerson and James Glea- 

The early battle was on the objec- 
tive of the meeting, called for the pur- 
pose of getting every film writer in 
Hollywood to elect eleven members 
to three code boards, giving the im- 
pression that the Guild was controlling 
the situation as regards writer affairs. 
John Emerson precipitated the argu- 
ment, declaring that the slate of nom- 
inees selected by the Guild element 
did not include a non-Guilder and 
would, he maintained, give Deputy 
Administrator Rosenblatt the impres- 
sion that the writer organization was 
attempting to force him to accept 
Guild members to the exclusion of the 
minority of non-Guilders. 

Opposed to his point of view was 
Oliver H. P. Garrett. He declared the 
fact that the Guild included ninety 
per cent of the Hollywood writers 
would make the contested impression 
inevitable anyway. Richard Schayer, 
however, sprang to support Emerson 
and demanded that Waldemar Young, 
a non-member and a factor in the 
rival Academy, be placed on the 
Guild's own slate. Eddie Eliscu joined 
in with the motion that in place of 
the eight previously planned for selec- 
tion from fourteen writers nominated 
the number be enlarged to include a 
ninth writer, leaving it to the meeting 
to do the electing of Young. 

As the bone of contention. Young 
demanded to have his name with- 
drawn, but was over-ridden despite 
his apparent feeling of being used as 
a helpless pawn. 

Another highlight of the meeting 
came in a vicious slam by Samuel K. 
Omitz against agents during the nom- 
inations for the agents' committee. 

Block carried 1 32 proxies, fifty of 
non-members and voted them at his 
own discretion as a result of the 
Emerson-Garrett encounter. The prox- 
ies evidently carried the election. 

Junior Cracks 

When Eddie Buzzell protested 
that parlor plays were out of his 
line and that he didn't believe he 
could handle the direction of 
"Bachelor Wife" as he would wish 
to. Junior Laemmie remarked, 
"Okay, we'll send you to Mrs. 
Ward's finishing school for two 

ously ill — she's at the Waldorf- — ■ 
please write. . . . Clarence Winches- 
ter, from far-off London, asks us to 
thank the many friends here who re- 
membered him at New Year's. 

Helen WesHey Returns 
To N.Y. For Guild Play 

Helen Westley, actress member of 
the New York Theatre Guild, will fin- 
ish her role in "House of Rothschild" 
this week and departs next Monday 
for New York, where she will imme- 
diately start rehearsals for the Theatre 
Guild's next production, "Thou Shalt 
Not Die." This is John Wexley's 
play based upon the Scottsboro case. 

Miss Westley's first trip to Holly- 
wood has kept her here four months, 
in which time she has worked in 
"Moulin Rouge" for Twentieth and 
"Strange Holiday" for Paramount, and 
the "Rothschild" picture also for 
Twentieth Century. 

Col. Comes Out of Lull 

Two features and one short, the 
first new subjects since December 20, 
start at Columbia today, bringing the 
studio out of its recent lull. David 
Burton directs "Sisters Under the 
Skin." which formerh' was titled "So- 
nata." and C. C. Coleman puts "Storm 
at Midnight" before the cameras, 
lules White directs the short, "Play- 
ful Husbands." 

Lehman Repeats at Para. 

Gladys Lehman has been assigned to 
write the screen play of "Lovers in 
Quarantine" for Paramount. No cast 
or director set as yet. Miss Lehman 
recently completed the script of 
"Strange Holiday" in collaboration 
with Maxwell Anderson. 

Berkeley's First as Megger 

Busby Berkeley's first picture as a 
full director will be "Dames," an 
original by Robert Lord. Ruby Keeler 
and Dick Powell have the top spots 
in the feature, which will have music 
created by Warren and Dubin. 

Hellman to Schulberg 

Sam Hellman. finishing the dialogue 
job' on "Murder in the Vanities." 
swings over to the B. P. Schulberg 
unit to handle a similar assignment on 
"Little Miss Marker," working with 
William Lippman. 

Universal Buys 'Fanny' 

Universal yesterdav closed a deal 
with Marcel Pagnol for the purchase 
of "Fanny," his latest play, produced 
in France. William Wyler will direct 
it under the supervision of Henry 

•Trigger' to 'Spitfire' 

Radio has changed the title of the 
latest Katharine Hepburn starring ve- 
hicle from "Trigger" to "Spitfire." 


LaRue-Patrick In 
Leads For Hoffman 

Borrowing Jack LaRue and Gail Pat- 
rick from Paramount, M. H. Hoffman 
has rounded out his cast for "Take 
the Stand," which Phil Rosen places 
into production for Liberty Friday at 
Talisman studios. 

Russell Hopton, Paul Hurst, Berton 
Churchill, Charles Wilson, Vince Bar- 
nett, Leslie Fenton, Bradley Page, De 
Witt Jennings, Jason Robards, Sheila 
Terry, Arnold Gray, Lew Kelly, Rich- 
ard Tucker and Bryant Washburn 
complete the line-up. Albert deMond 
contributes the screen play, Harry 
Neumann handles the camera. 

Wanger Plans Second 
For Jeanette MacDonald 

NV^ter Wanger has assigned Salka 
VTertel to script an untitled original 
story for Jeanette MacDonald at MCM. 

Producer already has one MacDon- 
ald subject on his schedule, "Duchess 
of Delmonico's," which starts Jan. 29. 

Para. Seeks Jean Parker 

Paramount is trying to borrow jean 
Parker from MGM for the feminine 
lead in "Honor Bright," which Louis 
D. Lighton is supervising. The screen 
play is being written by Austin Par- 
ker and Sylvia Thalberg. 






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Jan. 16, 1934 

Page Three 


Cooper Has 17 Set 
For Early Making 

H.B.Warner Liked 
In New British Pic 

British and Dominions-United Artists 

Direction Jack Raymond 

Based on novel by.. ..Warwick Deeping 

Screen Play Lydia Hayward 

Photography Cyril Bristow 

Cast: H. B. Warner, Peter Penrose, 
Hugh Williams, Winifred Shot- 
ter, Margot Graham, Donald 
Calthrop, Wally Patch, Evelyn 
Roberts, Hope Davy, Louis Hey- 
wood. Ruby Miller. 
New York. — A British talking re- 
make, evidently produced by them in 
the fond hope that this particular 
story has now become a classic that 
cannot fail and that it is about time 
that the English got busy and paid 
picture tribute to an English story and 
author. So be it. It remains to be re- 
ported that next to but not quite close 
j to "Henry the Eighth" this is by far 
i the most workmanlike job from a pro- 
i duction standpoint that has come to 
I town from England. However, the 
I story has grown a little thin and rag- 
! ged around the edges and somehow 
: the tale of the meek man who event- 
I ually inherited the earth is not quite 
: so sad nor so important as it once 

The picture is good and definitely 
in line with the better productions 
program of England. It isn't possible 
to guarantee, however, that the sobs 
in it can successfully overcome the fa- 
miliarity of a trite story twice-told. 

With one eye undoubtedly on Amer- 
ican distribution, H. B. Warner draws 
the part of Stephen Sorrel I and does 
a creditable piece of work. As fur- 
ther concession to the American mar- 
ket, the dialogue goes in for Ameri- 
can expressions like "swell" as an ad- 
jective and "kid" for child. Miss Hay- 
ward has been most sparing with her 
dialogue, thinking perhaps that action 
and pictures are synonymous but it 
would have helped considerably to 
have had a few good dramatic con- 
versational scenes because Mr. Ray- 
mond has chosen to direct the picture 
at rather a slow pace and seeks to 
I build up what little moments of sus- 
pense the work has by making you 
wait for obvious answers. The method 
IS a little less than effective. England 
does come through, however, with an- 
other very attractive young miss by 
the name of Winifred Shotter, whom 
you'll undoubtedly want to see in 
more and bigger parts and the pho- 
tography and recording are excellent. 

Finish Next Cagney Yarn 

Gene Markey and Kathryn Scola 
yesterday turned in the completed 
original screen play of "Goin' to 
Town," which will be James Cagney's 
next picture for Warners. No direc- 
^ tor or additional cast set as yet. 

Harris to New York 

Elmer Harris is leaving for New 

York shortly to supervise the produc- 

(Hon of his latest play titled "Celeb- 

'I rities," which will go into prepara- 

' tiori.,soon for a Broadway opening. 

The First Lady 

Washington. — Mrs. Roosevelt 
caught Doris Kenyon's act at the 
Earle in Washington last week, 
went backstage, introduced herself, 
and the next day gave a tea for 
Miss Kenyon at the White House. 

Chevalier's First For 
Korda An Original 

Chicago. — Maurice Chevalier has 
passed through here on his return to 
Hollywood, being due there Wednes- 
day afternoon. He was accompanied 
by Marcel Valle, French actor, who 
will play Popoff in the French version 
of "The Merry Widow." 

While here Chevalier disclosed that 
his first for Alexander Korda in Lon- 
don would not be "Lafayette" but 
"Mister the Marshal," an original by 
two French authors. 

Hornblow's First at Para. 

Arthur Hornblow will produce "Pur- 
suit of Happiness" as his first assign- 
ment at Paramount. This play is still 
running on Broadway and Paramount 
expects to use some of the players 
from the original cast. Walter De 
Leon has been assigned to write the 
screen adaptation of this play. 

Newton Tag Dropped 

Warners failed to take up the op- 
tion on Theodore Newton's contract 
yesterday. The player was brought out 
from New York by Warners a year 
ago under a term contract. He has 
just finished a featured role in "Up- 
per World." 

Ellis in 'Trumpet Blows* 

Edward Ellis was signed by Para- 
mount yesterday for a featured role 
in the George Raft picture, "Trumpet 
Blows," which Stephen Roberts is di- 
recting. The Schulberg-Feldman and 
Gurney office made the deal. 

President Invites 'Joe E.' 

Joe E. Brown has accepted Presi- 
dent Roosevelt's invitation to attend 
his birthday party in Washington Jan- 
uary 30. He will leave Hollywood this 
week for the east via San Francisco. 

Sistrom Gets Film 

New York. — In settlement of Wil- 
liam Sistrom's suit against Fox and 
World Wide, distribution rights on 
"Crooked Circle" have been reassign- 
ed to him. 

Powell in The Key' 

William Powell has been given the 
top spot in "The Key," scheduled to 
get under way in about two weeks. 

Kay Francis will have the feminine 
lead if she wants the part. 

See Corinne for Play 

Edward Belasco, of the Belasco and 
Curran team, is negotiating with M. 
C. Levee for the services of Corinne 
Griffith to take the top spot in the 
Los Angeles production of "Goodbye 
^gain." •,;•>--- 

Merian C. Cooper, Radio production 
chief, yesterday announced the im- 
mediate production of seventeen new 

These productions will go into work 
within three months, with seven of 
them to go into work within seven 
weeks. Among those to start soon are: 
"Finishing School," "Crime Doctor," 
"Family Man," "Dance of Desire," 
"Strictly Dynamite" and "Alien Corn." 
Others to follow are: "Of Human 
Bondage," "Stingaree," "Fugitive 
From Glory," "Sea Girl," "Green Man- 
sions," "Devil's Disciple," "Murder on 
the Blackboard," a Wheeler and 
Woolsey picture titled "Frat Heads," 
a Lou Brock production, and "Joan of 

Pine Goes East To Take 
Over John Flinn Duties 

Bill Pine will assume the duties 
with Paramount in the east relin- 
quished by John Flinn to take up his 
code post. He will continue to su- 
pervise the west coast advertising de- 
partment, which will be handled by 
William Thomas. Pine will alternate 
pretty frequently between east and 

Publicity posts in the east and west 
will continue to be headed by Al Wil- 
kie and Tom Baily, respectively, ru- 
mors of any contemplated changes 
there being flatly denied by Robert 
Gillham, director of publicity and ad- 

Cabot to 'Finishing School' 

Bruce Cabot was definitely set yes- 
terday for the leading male role in 
"Finishing School" with Ginger Rog- 
ers, Billie Burke and Mitzi Green, 
Wanda Tuchock and George Nicholls 
Jr. will co-direct and production will 
get under way within two weeks. 

Hathaway Stepping Out 

Henry Hathaway puts his saddle and 
spurs away in mothballs and goes to 
his first important directorial job with 
the piloting of "Come On, Marines." 
Paramount takes him out of the west- 
ern class, giving him to Al Lewis for 

Leisen East to See Play 

Mitchell Leisen and Edgar Ander- 
son leave tomorrow by plane on a 
trip to New York, where the Para- 
mount director will get some first- 
hand data on "Murder at the Vani- 
ties." Returns here Monday. 

Pascal Completes Novel 

Ernest Pascal has completed work 
on "^ Woman at Thirty," a novel, 
and is on his way to New York to 
consult his publisher. He will return 
to the west coast February 1 to do a 

Pathe-Natan Signs Clair 

Paris. — The Pathe Natan firm has 
signed Rene Clair to a one-picture 
deal, the subject to be "The Last 

Of course it was a benefit run by 
Mrs. Hearst to help her precious Milk 
Fund, but even so, you'd never have 
guessed that New York could sud- 
denly become so tennis-conscious. 
The Garden was jammed and then 
some for the famous Tilden-Vines 
match which the old master won quite 
handily. However, besides the ultra 
high-hat crowd which included the 
Jock Whitneys, who are fast becoming 
associated with the picture business, 
there were Tallulah Bankhead, Sam 
and Ethel Barrymore Colt, Arthur Lu- 
bin, practically the entire MGM staff, 
Marion Saportgs, Tommy Manville, re- 
united with his bride, and hundreds of 


Fox gave a very elegant cocktail 
party for Eric Charral and Charles 
Boyer in the Club rooms of the roof 
garden at the Waldorf-Astoria. And 
if you think that sounds complicated 
— just try to find it some time when 
you're in a hurry. Much as we like 
the Waldorf, we must admit that life 
could be made considerably happier for 
a poor New York correspondent if 
there were some way of making that 
famous hostelry more compact. We 
were told to take the East elevators. 
So we found the North, South and 
West elevators; the North lounge, at 
least three bars and after meeting 
Richard Wallace three times because 
of walking around in circles, we fin- 
ally got to the East elevators and 
found them tucked away behind a 
sign which read "Park Avenue." Of 
course, we enjoyed meeting Mr. Wal- 
lace three times, it's always a pleas- 
ure, but since Mr. Wallace unfortu- 
nately is not a permanent feature of 
the place, this is just a warning to you 
to take along a scout or just pick a 
nice comfortable corner and wait for 
the party to come to you, , , , Any- 
way, Mr, Charral is really a very nice 
gent and was responsible for the pro- 
duction of "White Horse Tavern" in 
London and is on his way to the coast 
to direct a picture both in French and 
Engish that will star Charles Boyer. 
who is quite the French idol. 

George Bancroft is play-shopping 
and may have one any minute which 
will play the road for some time be- 
fore coming into New York. , , . Ethel 
Barrymore sailed for London the other 
day where she will appear in a Music 
Hall and possibly a play while there. 
. . . Moss Hart has gone into hiding 
for the rest of the winter to do a 
script and a play. And if he sees his 
shadow when he emerges, Spring will 
probably be just six weeks away. 

Simplified Script For 

Radio's 'Mansions' 

The final version of Radio's "Green 
Mansions," adapted by Tom Kilpat- 
rick, will be handed to Director Ern- 
est Schoedsack in a more simplified 
form than the regular run of shooting 
scripts. There will be no camera an- 
gles or stage directions and it will be 
limited to master scenes and dialogue. 

None of the cast has been chosen 
for this production, to which Merian 
Cooper is giving personal supervision. 

Page Four 


Ian. 16. 1934 



udith Anderson 
Hit in Role, Tho 


Del^ Chappell presents Judith Ander- 
son in "Come of Age," a play in 
words and music by Clemence 
Dane and Richard Addinsell; 
staged by Miss Dane; settings by 
James Reynolds; orchestra con- 
ducted by Macklin Marrow. With 
Stephen Haggard, John W. Aus- 
tin, Helen Wills, Dorothy John- 
son, Ralph Stuart, Muriel Rahn, 
Frederick Lewis. At the Maxine 
Elliott Theatre. 
New York. — Clemence Dane with 
her first offering in several seasons 
gives her mite to the great legend 
and tradition that was Thomas Chat- 
terton. It is Miss Dane's idea to bring 
the poet back from death and up to 
date and no doubt as a special tribute 
to his genius Miss Dane has written 
the play entirely in verse. Well, 
that's all right — in spots — but for 
the most part it's weak and pallid 
stuff that too often descends to com- 
mon doggerel. Since Chatterton was 
such a great poet and since Miss Dane 
chose to give him life again in the 
twentieth century it might have been 
better to have written it in blank 
verse, because as it stands it's pretty 
precious play-writing with a first act 
that shows promise, a second act that 
flatly denies that promise and a third 
act with one good scene. 

Thomas Chatterton makes a bar- 
gain with Death to let him go back 
to life until he comes of age. (The 
boy committed suicide at seventeen.) 
He does this in order that he may 
know life and love. They both come 
along in the person of Judith Ander- 
son, a slightly worn jade who refuses 
to acknowledge to herself that she 
really loves the boy until she has de- 
stroyed the beauty of his love in a 
drunken auction scene wherein she 
knocks him down to the highest bid- 
der. The lady repents and the boy 
forgives, but he has come of age at 
last and death claims him again. 

Ah, but that Judith Anderson is the 
one. An actress with a voice and a 
technique that succeeds in making 
you believe in the play and in the 
writing of it even when she speaks 
such poetry as "Let's not brawl, in 
the hall," or "Be back to fix, cock- 
tails at six." The gal is magnificent, 
and while she's on the stage so is the 
play. And dividing the honors of the 
evening with Miss Anderson is the 
music by Richard Addinsell. Unless 
our ears fail us there are two hit 
numbers in the play, "Afraid of the 
Dark" and "River Music," and there's 
a song called, we think, "Too Many 
Things" that's good, too. But don't 
misunderstand, this is not a musical. 
The play has been conceived as a 
poetic symphony and the score is an 
integral part of the performance. And 
to Mr. Addinsell must go first hon- 
ors, after Judith Anderson, because her 
task was the harder. They sent to 
England for Stephen Haggard to be 
the poet. Our guess is they could 
have found someone just as young 
and more of an actor right here. 

Delay Warner Suit 

New York. — The Department of 
Justice anti-trust suit against War- 
ner Brothers scheduled for trial in 
the United States District Court in 
New York, has been postponed to 
March. This suit, which is based 
on the acquisition of First Na- 
tional, has been pending over two 

Seven B'way Plays 
Close in the Week 

New York. — Seven New York plays 
closed last week, and it looks as 
though the turn of the new year is 
bringing about a survival of the fittest 
with a vengeance. 

The victims are "Re-Echo," "Jeze- 
bel," "The Gods We Make," "A Di- 
vine Moment," "Oliver Oliver," "The 
Dark Tower," and the Cornelia Otis 
Skinner show. 

Dowling To Handle RKO 
'European Managership' 

New York. — In the new foreign 
set-up of RKO which brought Phil 
Reisman to that department in gen- 
eral supervision, the title of Ambrose 
Dowling will be "European manager," 
according to announcement yesterday 
by Ned Depinet. 

Dowling will have headquarters in 
London, and sails Saturday, accompa- 
nied by Phil Reisman. 

Chester Beecroft Heads 
Florida Film Company 

St. Petersburg. — The Sun Haven 
Studios in this Florida city has 
been reorganized and Chester Beecroft 
has been named chief studio execu- 
tive. James F. Sammon will be the 
studio's New York representative. 
Production is to start around January 
22 and a story is now in preparation 
based on romantic incidents of Flor- 
ida's early history. 

Sales Tax for Missouri 

St. Louis. — Missouri has passed the 
one-half of one per cent sales tax, 
killing two other tax bills affecting 
the picture industry. The bills killed 
were a levy of 1 Vi cents (ticket tax) 
up to 25 cents and a straight 10 per 
cent on all tickets over 25 cents and 
a one-cent footage tax on all nega- 
tive and positive. 

Remodel Loew's N.Y. Roof 

New York. — Confidence in better 
business to come is shown by Loew's, 
Inc., decision to remodel the New 
York Roof and build it to a class at- 
mosphere that will do away with the 
daily change Present plan is a Mon- 
day, Wednesday and Friday change 
after the alterations are completed. 

Cantor in Personal for Para 

New York. — Eddie Cantor will be 
the star attraction at the Paramount 
starting Friday, with "Miss Fane's 
Baby Is Stolen" the screen attraction. 

Para Forms Board 
National Advisers 

New York. — Ralph A. Kohn an- 
nounces the formation of a National 
Advisory Committee by Paramount. 
Members will be chosen where there 
are Paramount theatre associates. The 
committee will exchange information, 
policies, maintaining close contact be- 
tween associates and the home office. 
They will meet at least once every 
three months with executives of Para- 
mount's theatre department. 

Plans call for six members in At- 
lanta, the Southwest, Chicago, New 
England, west of Chicago and Canada. 

Knoedler Productions To 
Film Tale of Indian Life 

New York. — Leonie Knoedler Pro- 
ductions, Inc., has been formed by 
Leonie Knoedler, the daughter of the 
head of the Knoedler Art Galleries. 
Features will be produced of Indian 
life. The first will go into produc- 
tion in March at Santa Fe., N. M., 
and will be titled "Pueblo." Harry 
Behn is preparing a script from Philip 
Stevenson's story of "The American." 

Davis Signs Three 

New York. — Bert Lahr, Joe Pen- 
ner and Ethel Waters have been sign- 
ed by Meyer Davis-Van Beuren Pro- 
ductions on long term contracts for 

Dividend for Loew's 

New York. — The Board of Di- 
rectors of Loew's, Inc., has declared 
a quarterly dividend of $1.62'/2 a 
share on the outstanding $6.50 
cumulative preferred stock, payable 
February 1 5 to stockholders of rec- 
ord January 3 1 . 

Tristate of Omaha Buys 
Publix Nebraska Assets 

Omaha. — The assets of the bank- 
rupt Publix Nebraska, Inc., in this 
city was sold for $14,000 to Tristate 
Theatres Company, of which A. H. 
Blank is president. Assets sold were 
the fixtures of the Capitol Theatre in 
Grand Island, Neb., and the World 
and State Theatres here. 

Stephen Haggard, N. Y. 
Player, Sought by WB 

New York. — Stephen Haggard, of 
the current play "Come of Age," has 
clicked with the picture scouts and' 
Warners are particularly hot after him. 

But Delos Chappell has Haggard un- 
der personal contract and so far has 
refused to release him for picture 

Neilan Film Out Jan. 29 

New York. — "The Social Register," 
made in the east under the supervision 
and direction of Marshall Neilan and 
starring Colleen Moore, will have its 
national release by Columbia Jan. 29. 

Shorts Week for Para. 

New York. — Paramount will stage 
a "National Short Subjects Week" for 
seven days beginning February 1 1 . 


Do Yoo Realize 

that you must provide today for the comforts 
of tomorrow. To do this you should adopt a 
policy of placing a definite amount of your 
income in sound investments. 

High grade Municipal bonds for years have 
been the choice of conservative investors who 
require safety of principal, together with a de- 
pendable income. They have stood the test of 
the past three years, and those fortunate 
enough to have placed their funds in such se- 
curities find themselves today with their in- 
vestments unimpaired. 

Are you following the same policy? 






















M. C. LEVEE, Manager 
CR 4151 

Jan. 16. 1934 


Page Nine 

It's time someone gave jimmie 
Barker a few handclaps for his make- 
up work in "Henry the Eighth"; it 
was he who made Laughton look so 
amazingly old in that last sequence; 
amongst other things. . . . Joe Rock is 
still in the metropolis and looks like 
hooking up with a studio here. . . . 
Joe Schenck was one Hollywood exec 
who managed to keep his press state- 
ment back until he wanted to spill it. 
. . . Robertson Hare, British comic, 
just took the British pic "Turkey 
Time"— tucked it under his arm and 
walked right away with it. And make 
no mistake with this and "Aunt Sally." 
C. M. Woolf's Caumont boys have a 
coupla hearty box office winners for 
England. . . . Incidentally Tim Whelan, 
who directed it, has scored his second 
megaphone hit for Caumont now. . . . 
We congratulate Metro on the title 
change of "Chris Bean"; for that mat- 
ter isn't it time the lot figured out 
some titles that don't have to be 
changed on or before or after release? 
... Or is that kinda mean of us? 

Charles B, Cochrane, Fox associate 
producer and famous stage man in his 
own right, zooming up to his suite of 
Bond Street offices of a morning. . . . 
Helen Lewis, who was accidentally en- 
gaged by B and D because they 
thought she was a writer, is currently 
editing films for Caumont. . . . 
Wouldn't it be a piositive sensation if 
someone made a musical AND DID 
SHOT! . . . Movieiand contributes 
quite a lot of fight enthusiasts in this 
burg, as in Hollywood; a few weeks 
ago there were Tom Walls, W. J. 
Cell, Ernest Fredman and Julius Ha- 
gen amongst the onlookers and Ralph 
Bettinson, now giving Hollywood the 
once over, had a farewell party that 
included Phil Tannura, Harold M. 
Young and John Paddy Carstairs. . . . 
And further along Bob Flaherty had 
his Men of Aran present who. Bob 
told us, didn't see much of the fight 
all on account of the fact that they 
were signing autographs all the time! 
. . . Then, to make it even more 
filmy, as a coupla duff heavyweights 
leaned on each other's shoulders, a 
voice in back of the hall shouted, 
"Why don't you boys come up and 
see me some time?" 

Cary Crant, who had a coupla real 
beeg offers from British International 
and British and Dominions, was sitting 
up in bed over Christmas, in a nursing 
home, figuring out a crossword puz- 
zle sent him by Charles Buster Laugh- 
ton; whilst booful Virginia Cherrill 
pottered in and out with flowers, 
grapes and the what have you! . . . 
Some astute movie man will grab Jack 

(Singing Boxer) Doyle for movies 
soon; he's a-one with the femmes! . . 
And whilst suggesting talent to you-all 
in Hollywood, we think Desmond 

(Monocle Boxer) Jeans would be a 
sure fire hit in Hollywood; he's a 
great type. 


T. Hayes Hunter (with the heavi- 
est American accent in town) walk- 
ing along Piccadilly with Junior Hun- 

ter (who has the heaviest British ac- 
cent in the metrof>olis) ! . . . London 
Films are trying hard to get Benn 
Levy back to script for them, and 
we've an idea Laughton's behind the 
plan because we remember him rav- 
ing to us in Hollywood about Benn's 
adaptation of "Devil and the Deep." 
. . . Frank Capra drew the critics' 
raves this week here, "Lady for a 
Day" getting a belated release, that's 
why. . . . Funny how everyone thinks 
in terms of costume pics now; we say 
that it doesn't matter a heck what 
the pic is about so long as it's a HIT 
and ENTERTAINS. . . . Manchester 
crowded with film folk over the holi- 
days, June, Lothar Mendes, Jack Bu- 
chanan, Alfred Drayton, Heinrix Fran- 
kel, Elsie Randolph, Marie Ney and 
William Kendall amongst the many. 

Cyril Gardner Acting 

London. — What will Cyril Gardner 
do next? He has turned actor and is 
playing a more or less minor role in 
"What Shall It Profit a Woman" at 
Sound City. 

Directing the picture is Ivar Camp- 
bell. Valerie Taylor and Stewart Rome 
head the cast, which includes Kath- 
leen Kelly, Tyrrell Davis and Phillip 

Courdeau on MCM Slate 

London. — E. R. Courdeau has se- 
cured a quota release through MCM 
and is making "Brent Pays" at the 
Worton Hall studio under the newly 
formed Interworld Pictures banner. 
Harry Hughes directs. 

Julius Hagen, who operates the 
rental studio, announces he is enlarg- 
ing the plant to accommodate more 
independent production. 

First 'Peter Pan' Returns 

London. — Nina Boucicault, Barrie's 
first "Peter Pan" in 1904, is appear- 
ing in "The Irresistible Marmaduke," 
which Edward Whiting is producing at 
the Embley Studio. Frank Richardson 
is directing the script from Ernest 
Denny's stage play. MCM releases. 

'Cavalcade' Gets 'Em All 

Sydney. — Fox's "Cavalcade" did 
the unexpected in the small town of 
Eltham. Town has a population of 
2,000 and 1 ,700 clocked admissions 
were checked. 

Henry VIM' Having 
Good Rome Season 

Rome. — The picture business is in 
a healthy state here. London Films is 
having a fine season with "Henry the 
Eighth." the Italians taking to it with 
the same enthusiasm as the rest of 
the world. The preparatory activity 
of Douglas Fairbanks in London has 
caused plenty of interest and his next 
picture is looked forward to with 
much interest. The Fairbanks name is 
still one of the top draws in this ter- 

You've Got To Be Careful 
Making Pictures in France 

Paris. — French producers of "Morin 
the Pig," the screen version of Guy 
deMaupassant's famous story, raised 
quite a ruckus in the small town of 

The mayor of the town, who is 
named Morin, had never heard of the 
story and figured it was a dirty trick 
on the part of his political opponents. 
He banned the picture's advertising 
and now the Paris courts have taken 
it up. 

Internal Strife for Stoll 

London. — Reporting a profit of but 
$400 for the year, the ten million 
dollar Stoll Theatre Corporation wit- 
nessed a dispute among its executives 
which wound up with much discord 
and unpleasantness. Sir Oswald Stoll 
and Alderman Latham were the com- 

Pittaluga Gets B-G Pics 

Rome — A neat deat has been closed 
between British Caumont and Pitta- 
luga, the local company getting the 
London firm's product for Italy. First 
two pictures to be released here are 
the Italian versions of "Orders Is Or- 
ders" and ''I Spy." 

Ostrer's New Title 

London. — Maurice Ostrer, who is 
probably as well known to Holly\A/ood 
as he is to British film producers, has 
been invested with the important post 
of assistant managing director of Brit- 
ish Caumont. 

Ralph Ince in England 

London. — Ralph Ince flopped up 
here playing the leading role in British 
International's "Love At Second 
Sight," which is shooting at Elstree 
studio. Paul Marzbech is directing. 


Paris. — The French, always ready to 
follow a good tip when it comes their 
way, are exhibiting a very lively in- 
terest in motion picture production and 
indications are that Hollywood and 
London will soon have a powerful op- 
ponent in France's production activity. 
Financiers here have always followed 
business of an international type such 
as films and have come to the con- 
clusion, after thorough study, that 
there are profits in well-managed pro- 
duction and distribution. 

Extent of the newly awakened in- 
terest is evidenced by La Banque 
Prive, the most important private 

banking house here, announcing that 
it has established a separate branch 
for the exclusive financing of French 
film production and the discounting of 
paper backed with sound credit. 

The bank is feeling out several pro- 
ducers, avowedly ready to finance 
twelve pictures immediately. The deal 
offered is one hundred percent financ- 
ing, providing distribution contracts 
are set. The bank is prepared to in- 
corporate individual producing compa- 
nies, promote a nation-wide interest 
in production through the public sale 
of shares, and give the film makers a 
producer's profit if they can deliver. 

Theatre Building 

Sydney. — An anonymous writer 
in Martin Brennan's Australian 
trade-paper, Film Weekly, contrib- 
utes a gem of advice for Hollywood 
producers. It is "When people 
start building theatres they dig a 
lot of holes. Let's hope they can 
climb out of them." 

Australian Producers 

Boost Picture Budgets 

Melbourne. — Australian producers 
are feeling the keen edge of compe- 
tition in England and are being forced 
to step up their activities to maintain 
their place on the map. 

Centenary Films here claims that 
it is going to spend $100,000 on 
its next two pictures, "Secret of the 
Skies" and "Something Different." 

Soviet Films French Visit 

Moscow. — The Stalin government 
is taking an official hand in the mak- 
ing of a picture from the newsreels 
covering the trip through Russia of 
France's Premier Herriot. It will be 
sync'd in Russian, English and French. 

Laemmie Out; Peres In 

Paris. — With Max Laemmie out as 
chief of the French division for Uni- 
versal, Andre Peres has been elevated 
into the spMDt. Peres goes from the 
sales managership to the head of the 
branch in this country. 

Maternelle' a Berlin Hit 

Berlin. — Universal's "La Mater- 
nelle" is breaking records here. Click- 
ed off its 1 50th performance and still 
going strong. In these times and un- 
der present conditions that's some- 

German Films 

(Continued from Page 1 ) 

ness let them look at these rules to 
see some of the things that may still 

Double feature bills are absolutely 

Minimum admission prices will be 
set by Covernment authority for vari- 
ous zones; 

A control will be set up in the Cov- 
ernment Film Chamber to positively 
regulate salaries of players and direc- 
tors "to bring them down to levels 
commensurate with prevailing national 

All players in the cast are to receive 
equal billing, and no effort is to be 
made to exploit any player or players 
as the star or stars of a picture; 

Because of the double feature ban 
exhibitors may turn back any con- 
tracts already signed that they desire 

American distributors here realize 
that they are facing lean days. First 
because of the flood of contracts that 
will be turned back for their English 
version pictures, exhibitors naturally 
retaining their German subjects when 
forced to pick; second, because they 
will now have to definitely plan to 
dub all subjects into German, increas- 
ing negative costs in a shrunken ter- 

Page Ten 

Jan. 16, 1934 



This Week 29 Features 

Last Week 24 Features 

Year Ago 38 Features 

2 Years Ago 15 Features 



Cast: Tim McCoy, Billie Seward, Al- 
phonz Ethier, Joseph Creehan, 
Ward Bond, Kane Richmond, Frank 
Leighton, Francis McDonald. 

Director C. C. Coleman 

Original Screen Play. .Harold Shumate 

Photography John Stumar 

Associate Producer Irving Briskin 


Cast: Elissa Landi, Joseph Schildkraut. 

Director David Burton 

Original S. K. Lauren 

Screen Play Jo Swerling 

Photography Joe August 



Cast: John Boles, Pat Paterson, 
Spencer Tracy, Sid Silvers, Herbert 
Mundin, Ann Darcy, Beverly Royde, 
Harry Green, Douglas Wood. 

Director David Butler 

Story and Screen Play: B. C. DeSylva, 

David Butler, Sid Silvers. 
Music and Lyrics: Harold Adamson, 
Cus Kahn, Berton Lane, Richard 

Dance Direction Harold Hecht 

Photography Art Miller 

Producer B. C. DeSylva 


Cast: All Star. 

Director Hamilton MacFadden 

Story Idea Will Rogers 

and Philip Klein 

Book and Story Ralph Spence 

Music Jay Gorney 

Songs and Lyrics Lew Brown 

Photography Ernest Palmer 

Musical Numbers Staged by 

Sammy Lee 

Musical Director Arthur Lange 

Producer Winfield Sheehan 

Associate Producer Lew Brown 


Cast; Rudy Vallee, George White, 
Alice Faye, Jimmy Durante, Adri- 
enne Ames, Cliff Edwards, Dixie 
Dunbar, Gregory Ratoff. 

Story Direction Thornton Freeland 

Musical Numbers Direction 

Harry Lachman 

Story George White, Sam Shipman 

Screen Play William Conselman 

Dialogue Joseph Cunningham 

Additional Dialogue... Irving Caesar, 

Jack Yellen 

Photography Lee Garmes 

and George Schneiderman 
Music and Lyrics: Ray Henderson, Irv- 
ing Caesar and jack Yellen. 

5ance Direction Georgie Hale 

Entire production conceived, cre- 
ated and staged by.--George White 
Producer Robert T. Kane 


Cast: Will Rogers, Louise Dresser, 
Irene Bentley, Kent Taylor, Evelyn 
Venable, Ralph Morgan, Roger Im- 
hof, Noah Beery, Stephin Fetchit, 
Sarah Padden, Frank Melton, 
Charles Middleton. 

Director James Cruze 

Story Edward Noyes Westcott 

Screen Play Walter Woods 

Photography Hal Mohr 

Producer Winfield Sheehan 


Cast: Hugh Williams, Helen Twelve- 
trees, Mona Maris, Rafael Ottiano, 
Halliweli Hobbes. 

Director George Fitzmaurice 

Story Richard Aldington 

Screen Play Samuel Hoffenstein 

Dialogue Lenore Coffee 

Photography John Seitz 

Producer A! Rockett 


Cast: Sally Eilers, Charles Starrett, 
Zasu Pitts, Henrietta Grossman, 
John Mack Brown, Irene Hervey, 
Howard Lally, Cornelius Keete. 

Director James Tinling 

Novel by Ishbel Ross 

Screen Play: Raymond Van Sickle and 
Edward T. Lowe, Jr. 

Photography Barney McGili 

Associate Producer John Stone 

Producer Sol Wurtzel 



Cast: Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen 
O'Sullivan, Neil Hamilton, Doris 
Lloyd, Frank Reicher, Paul Cava- 
nagh, William Stack, Desmond 
Roberts, Yola D'Avril, Forrester 

Director Cedric Gibbons 

Adaptation Leon Gordon 

Screen Play J. K. McGuinness 

Photography Charles Clarke 

and Clyde DeVinna 
Producer Bernard Hyman 


Cast: Norma Shearer, Robert Mont- 
gomery, Herbert Marshall, Lilyan 
Tashman, Ralph Forbes, Mrs. Pat- 
rick Campbell, Arthur Jarrett, Earl 
Oxford, Halliweli Hobbes, Samuel 
May, Helen Jerome Eddy, Peter 
Hobbes, George K. Arthur, T. Roy 
Barnes, E. E. Clive. 

Director Edmund Goulding 

Sl^ory Charles MacArthur 

Photography Ray June 

Producer Irving Thalberg 


Cast: Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Jean 
Hersholt, Henry B. Walthall, Eliza- 

beth Allen, C. Henry Gordon, Sarah 
Padden, Dorothy Peterson, Otto 
Kruger, Ruth Channing, Russell 
Hardie, Wallace Ford, Russell Hop- 
ton, Donald Douglas, Ruth Mannix. 

Director Richard Boleslavsky 

Play Sidney Kingsley 

Screen Play Waldemar Young 

Photography George Folsey 

Producer Monta Bell 



Cast: Marlene Dietrich, John Lodge, 
Sam Jaffe, Louise Dresser, Ruthelma 
Stevens, C. Aubrey Smith, Olive 
Tell, Edward Van Sloan, Jane Dar- 
well, Hans von Twardoski, Davison 
Clark, Phillip Sleeman, Harry 
Woods, Marie Sieber, Gavin Cordon. 

Director Josef Von Sternberg 

From a Diary by Catherine the Great 

Screen Play Manuel Komroff 

Photography Bert Glennon 


Cast: Victor McLaglen, Dorothy Dell, 
Preston Foster, Alison Skipworth, 
David Landau, John Rogers, Mischa 
Auer, Alfred Delcambre, James 
Burke, Don Wilson, John Northpol, 
Max Wagner, Frank Rice, Russell 
Powell, Jil Dennett, Alice Lake, 
Miana Alvarez, Florence Dudley, 
Marie Green, Charles Brinley, Al 
Hill, Ivan Linow. 

Directors: William Cameron Menzies 
and George Somnes. 

Original Frederick Schlick 

and Samuel French 

Photography Hal McAlpin 


Cast: Lanny Ross, Charlie Ruggles, 
Mary Boland, Joseph Cawthorne, 
George Meeker, Wilfred Hari, Wade 
Boteler, Helen Lynd, Ann Sothern. 

Diirector Norman McLeod 

Story Frank Leon Smith 

Screen Play Benn W. Levy 

Continuity Jane Storm 

Lyrics Harlan Thompson 

Music Lewis E. Gensler 

Photography Henry Sharp 

Producer Douglas MacLean 


Cast: Sing Crosby, Ethel Merman, 
Carole Lombard, George Burns, 
Gracie Allen, Raymond Milland, Jay 
Henry, Bud White. 

Director Norman Taurog 

Original Walter Hall Smith 

Adaptation. .Stephen Morehouse Avery 

Music by Harry Ravel 

and Arthur Johnston 

Lyrics Mack Gordon 

and Sam Coslow 


Cast: George Raft, Adolphe Menjou, 
Frances Drake. 

Director Stephen Roberts 

Adaptation Wallace Smith 

Photography Harry Fischbeck 


Charles R. Rogers Production 

Cast: Richard Arlen, Sally Eilers, 
Robert Armstrong, Grace Bradley, 
Rosco Ates, Charley Crapewin, 
Richard Arlen Jr. 

Directors Casey Robinson 

and Ralph Murphy 

Original James M. Cain 

Screen Play Casey Robinson 

Photography Milt Krasner 



Cast: Irene Dunne, Ralph Bellamy, 
Constance Cummings, Vivian To- 
bin, Kay Johnson, Louis Mason, 
Charles Starrett, Sidney Blackmer. 

Director John Cromwell 

Play Anne Morrison Chapin 

Screen Play Jane Murfin 

Photography Edward Cronjager 

Associate Producer.. Pandro S. Berman 

United Artists 

Twentieth Century 

Cast: George Arliss, Boris Karloff, Lo- 
retta Young, Robert Young, C. Au- 
brey Smith, Reginald Owen, Alan 
Mowbray, Murray Kinnell, Paul 
Harvey, Noel Madison, Florence 
Arliss, Ivan Simpson, Helen West- 
ley, Holmes Herbert, Arthur Byron, 
Gilbert Emery, Leonard Mudie, 
Charles Evans, Lee Kohlmar, Glen 
Cavendar, Adolph Milar, Mary 
Forbes, Lumsden Hare, Lloyd Ingra- 
ham, Clarence Geldert, Oscar Apfel, 
Reginald Sheffield, Brandon Hurst, 
Harold Minjir, Craufurd Kent, 
Douglas Gerrard, Matthew Betz, 
William Strauss, Frank Hagney, 
Montagu Shaw, Gerald Pierce, Leo 
McCabe, Leonard Jerome, Perry 
Vekroff, Rafael Carrio, Arthur 
Duravennay, Louis Van Denecker, 
Walter Bonn, Carey Harrison, Earl 
McDonald, Dureen Monroe, Des- 
mond Roberts, Clare Vedera, Robert 
Corey, Frank Dunn, Horace Claude 
Cooper, Bobby LaMarche, Billy Seay, 
George Offeman, Murdock Mac- 
Quarrie, Harold Entwistle, Harry 
Allen, Olaf Hytton, Cullen John- 
son, Milton Kahn, Jack Carlyle, 
Harry Cording, Dick Alexander, Ed- 
die Weaver, Bert Miller. 

Director Alfred Werker 

Original Screen Play: Nunnally John- 
son and Maude T. Howell. 

Photography Pev Marley 

Associate Producers. .William Goetz 

and Raymond Griffiths 




Cast: Ken Maynard, Cecilia Parker, 
Fred Kohler, Frank Hagney, Jack 
Rockwell, Jim Marcus, Al Smith, 
Slim Whittaker, Franklyn Farnum. 

Ian. 16, 1934 


Page Eleven 

Director Alan James 

Original Screen Play Nate Catzert 

Photography Ted McCord 

Producer Ken Maynard 


Cast: Paul Lukas, Fay Wray, Patsy 
Kelly, Paul Page, Reginald Owen, 
Frank Reicher, )ohn S'heehan, Car- 
mel Myers. 

Director Karl Freund 

Original Walter Fleisch 

Screen Play Karen DeWolf 

Continuity Gladys Unger 

Dialogue Gene Lewis 

Photography Charles Stumar 

Producer Stanley Bergerman 



Cast: Onslow Stevens, Ada Ince, Wal- 
ter Miller, Bill Desmond, Richard 

Director Lewis Friedlander 

Story: Ella O'Neill, Het Manheim and 
Basil Dickey. 

Photography Richard Freyer 

Producer Harry MacRea 

Warners-First National 


Cast: Dick Powell, Al Jolson, Ricardo 
Cortez, Dolores Del Rio, Hugh Her- 
bert, Guy Kibbee, Robert Barrat, 
Henry O'Neill, Kay Francis, Louise 
Fazenda, Fifi D'Orsay, Merna Ken- 
nedy, Mia Ichioka, Henry Kolker. 

Director Lloyd Bacon 

Play Karl Farkas and Geza Hercaeg 

Screen Play Earl Baldwin 

Music and Lyrics Harry Warren 

and Al Dubin 
Numbers Created and Directed by 

Busby Berkeley 

Photography Sid Hickox 

Supervisor Robert Lord 


Cast: Dick Powell, Pat O'Brien, Gin- 
ger Rogers, Allen Jenkins, Grant 
Mitchell, Joseph Cawthorn, Grace 

Director Ray Enright 

Original Story Paul Finder Moss 

and Jerry Wald 

Screen Play Warren Duff 

and Harry Sauber 

Music and Lyrics Harry Warren 

and Al Dubin 

Dance Director Busby Berkeley 

Photography Sid Hickox 

Supervisor Sam Bischoff 


Cast: Donald Woods, Margaret Lind- 
say, Glenda Farreli, Hugh Herbert, 
Frank McHugh, Guy Kibbee, Ruth 
Donnelly, Hobart Cavanaugh. 

Director H. Bruce Humberstone 

Story and Screen Play Robert Lord 

Dialogue Brown Holmes 

and Joe Traub 

Photography Ernest Haller 

Supervisor Sam Bischoff 


Cast: Joan Blondell, Lyie Talbot, 
Claire Dodd, Frank McHugh, Joan 
Wheeler, Edward Everett Horton, 
Virginia Sale. 

Director Robert Florey 

Original Story F. Hugh Herbert 

Adaptation F. Hugh Herbert 

and Carl Erickson 

Photography Arthur Todd 

Supervisor Robert Presnell 


Cast: Aline MacMahon, Paul Kelly, 
Helen Lowell, Dorothy Tree, Ann 
Dvorak, Patricia Ellis. 

Director Alfred Green 

Story Ann Garrick 

Screen Play Manny Seff 

Photography Bud Hoskins 

Supervisor Sam Bischoff 

Independent Productions 
Edwin Carewe Productions 

(General Service Studios) 

Cast: William Farnum, Anita Louise, 
Frank McGlynn, Oscar Apfel, Stu- 
art Holmes, LeRoy Mason. 

Director Edwin Carewe 

Story Harold Sherman 

Screen Play Finis Fox 

Photography Leon Shamroy 

Producer ..Edwin Carewe 

Chesl-erfield Pictures 

( U n iversa I Stud ios ) 


Cast: Charley Grapewin, Emma Dunn, 
William Bakewell, Glen Boles, Jane 
Kechley, Mary Kornman, Barbara 
Weeks, Hale Hamilton, Lafe Mc- 
Kee, Aggie Herring. 

Director Richard Thorpe 

Original Screen Play Robert Ellis 

Photography Andy Anderson 

Producer George R. Batcheller 

Eastern Productions 

Vitaphone Studios 


Cast: Lillian Roth and Queenie Smith. 

Director Roy Mack 

Photography Ray Foster 

and Ed Dupar 

Fox Movietone Studios 

Van Beuren-Magna 

(RKO-Radio Release) 


Cast: Meyer Davis, Irene Taylor, Don- 
ald Novis. 

Director Leigh Jason 

Photography Joe Ruttenberg 

Producer Meyer Davis 

Seek Foreclosures 

(Continued from Page 1 ) 

pulled a fast one, turning over opera- 
tion of the houses to Loew's in return 
for a good deal on Paramount product 
in the Loew New York houses. 

Argument on the foreclosure will 
come up January 19. Attorneys for 
Allied are opposing the move on the 
ground that it would nullify a con- 
tract between Allied and Loew's by 
which the latter has agreed to pur- 
chase the Valencia, Kings and Pitkins 
theatres for $11,000,000 with pay- 
ments over a period of ten years. 


Universal prod.; director, Edwin L, Marin; writers, L. G. Blochman. Tom Reed. 

Palace Theatre 

Ne%vs: In spite of the colorful background, the various excitements of the action 
and the mysteriousness of the murders the picture hasn't the glamour 
that made "Shanghai Express" so thrilling and interesting a movie. It 
has no beautiful and mysterious Dietrich as passenger, and although the 
direction is smooth enough it hasn't been made with the same deftness 
that characterized the Von Sternberg film. 

American: "Bombay Mail" provides entertainment as colorful, confusing and 
exciting as any railway station scene recently camera-captured. The con- 
fusion, perhaps, militates against the picture's full perfection. The action 
lacks precision and the script itself cohesion, but atmosphere is well estab- 
lished and suspense nicely sustained. 

Times: Despite its definitely make-believe app)earance, "Bombay Mail" is an 
active entertainment, and Mr. Lowe is properly suave and omniscient as 
the inspector. 

World-Telegram: "Bombay Mail" is far from expert in its construction, direc- 
tion and acting, but it has the virtue of being able to overcome most of 
its faults, and if taken for what it is intended to be — a good old-fashioned 
melodrama — it provides a fairly entertaining hour of film fare. 

Post: Though the plot of "Bombay Mai!" has been obviously patterned on its 
predecessors, and though there are portions of the story that are jumbled 
and confused, it cannot be denied that the mystery element is sustained 
throughout. Edmund Lowe is brisk and entertaining. 

Sun: "Rome Express" and "Silk Express" are far superior to this rather jumbled 
but fairly well photographed and acted bit of hackish scrivening transpir- 
ing on a train from Calcutta to Bombay. 

Journal: There's plenty of action in the film, the backgrounds are colorful and 
the melodramatics are amusing. The cast is large and capable, and Ed- 
mund Lowe acquits himself creditably in the role of the suave Inspector 


Universal prod.; director, James Whale; writers, Siegfried Geyer, Hans Kraly, 
F. Hugh Herbert and Ruth Cummings. 

Roxy Theatre 

Times: "By Candlelight" affords a pleasantly amusing diversion. It is shallow 
and somewhat obvious in spots, but its little intrigue is set forth with ad- 
mirable cunning by James Whale and others. 

American: A smartly amusing Continental comedy has been wrought into first 
rate film fun to usher in a bright and sparkling New Year season at the 
Roxy Theatre. it is romance through and through, romance taken with a 
grain of salt, light and laughing, always charming. 

Herald-Tribune: "By Candlelight" should be set down as somewhat of a tri- 
umph for screen technique. Derived from a stage play that left much to 
be desired, the work has been molded into a suavely executed and de- 
lightfully amusing entertainment. 

World-Telegram: "By Candlelight" is not the mightiest of so-called sophisti- 
cated comedy masterpieces, but I had the privilege of liking it — and that 
privilege has been rather rare in cinemaland recently. 

Mirror: This charming, sly continental comedy represents the first boudoir pic- 
ture of Director James Whale, who has specialized with brilliant success 
in Universal's fine series of thrillers. It is a triumph for him. A clever 
play, a captivating cast, smart dialogue, enchanting setting, attractive cos- 
tumes are manipulated, with this director's skill, into a compact, finished 
light comedy. 

News: Under the capable direction of James Whale, combined with the clever 
portrayals of Paul Lukas, Nils Asther and Elissa Landi, the screen version 
has lost none of the spicy flavor of the original. 

Journal: Continental romance, laughable and attractive always, makes the pic- 
ture one of splendid entertainment. 

Post: This familiar theme is not helped either by the dialogue, the direction or 
the acting. There seems to have been a disposition on the part of every 
one concerned in the picture to outdo himself in hilarity, with the result 
that the comedy is about as light and graceful as an overcrowded ferryboat. 
The film, I feel, will fail to interest American audiences to any great ex- 
tent. However, it is nicely if not cleverly done. James Whale has di- 
rected it with a certain amount of taste and charm. 


Roach Tests Unknowns 

Hal Roach yesterday tested William 
Felix Knight, Atwater Kent audition 
winner in 1931 and now appearing 
in Grauman's prologue, and Doris 
Paxton of the Pasadena Community 
Playhouse for featured spots in "Babes 
in Toyland." Studio hopes to find 
unknowns for the featured roles. 

Kober Aids on 'Duchess* 

Arthur Kober has been assigned to 
script "Duchess of Delmonico's" 
at MGM, collaborating with Edgar Al- 
lan Woolf and Harvey Thew. Pic- 
ture is scheduled to get under way 
January 29 with Harry Beaumont di- 
recting and Jeanette MacDonald and 
Clark Gable in the leads. 

New York Critics 
Acclaim Another Hit 










Produced by 


Directed by 


"Don't miss this picture at the Roxy. Under 
the capable direction of James Whale, combining 
clever portrayals of Paul Lukas, Nils Asther and 
Elissa Landi, the screen version has lost none of 
the spicy flavor of the original." (THREE STARS) 

New York Daily News. 

"A smartly amusing Continental comedy has 
been wrought into a first rate fun film ushering in 
New Year season. . . . Elissa Larufi at her best . . . 
Paul Lukas and Nils Asther polished and con- 
vincing Lotharios." 


New York American. 

"Cay comedy, it is touching, as well as spicy 
and witty, as diverting an hour's gaiety as the 
screen has offered this season. Treatment and 
acting lend it freshness and sparkle." 


New York Mirror. 

" 'By Candlelight' should be set down as some- 
what of a triumph for screen technique. The 
work has been molded into a suavely executed 
and delightfully amusing entertainment. The film 
has bettered its original." 


New York Herald-Tribune. 

" 'By Candlelight' . . . affords a pleasantly 
amusing diversion. Its little intrigue is set forth 
with admirable cunning by James Whale and 


New York Times. 

" 'Nicely and cleverly done. The players . . . are 
ingratiating. |ames Whale has directed with taste 
and charm. . . . Those who see 'By Candlelight' 
will like it." 


New York Sun. 

"Continental romance, laughable and attractive 
always, makes splendid entertainment. . . . Film 
bears the belief that Elissa Landi might well for- 
sake the drama for the lighter realm of farce and 

— W. B., 
New York Journal. 

"An excellent comedy, i had the privilege of 
liking it. The film ripples along delightfully. The 
authors have filled it with some amusing scenes. 
'By Candlelight' owes a great deal to its actors and 
its director." 


New York Telegram. 

"You will find the picture highly enjoyable." 


New York Evening Post. 

— -ancl only one of Universal's I933'34 unbroken chain of hiK 


Vol. XIX. No. 5. Price 5c. 


Wednesday, January 17, 1934 


• WHAT a spot for leadership! 

A majority of the leading companies 
resent the snooping of the Government 
in internal affairs involved in the 
questionnaires now being sent out. 

They fear the precedent for offi- 
cial meddling that will be established 
for once and for all by answering the 

They are righteously indignant at 
the selection of the motion picture in- 
dustry for this one form of insult. 

They sincerely believe they cannot 
be compelled to comply. 

But where is the leadership to band 
them together and to serve notice that 
the motion picture industry is not a 
group of infantile youngsters to be 
spanked at the whim or whimsy of 
politicians running wild with unac- 
customed power? 

Where is Will Hays these days? 

There's a mystery. 

Just because the country went 
Democratic have his bosses told Will 
Hays to sit in a corner, out of sight? 
And only emerge for "safe" platitudi- 
nous speeches? 

Because if they only hired Will 
Hays because he was a Republican, 
they underrated his ability in the first 
place; and have overpaid him at all 

Republicans didn't come that high 
back in Harding's time. 

We are told with great solemnity 
that the questionnaires are to be kept 
"confidential" — between the Admin- 
istrator, his Deputy and the latter's 

Why the confessional seal if the 
questionnaires are to serve any pur- 

Of course they are to serve a pur- 
pose — the basis for rules and pseudo- 
legislation regulating salaries and 
compensation in the picture business. 

If not, why get them? 

So when you send in your filled- 
out questionnaire you are in effect 
saying — "When you three kind men. 
Administrator, Deputy and Investiga- 
tor, look the questionnaires over and 
decide on rules to run my business, I 
will of course accept without a 
squawk. Because by answering your 
questionnaire I am tacitly consent- 

Face it, gentlemen. That's where 
it ends. 

Happy Birthday! 

Universal will throw a party this 
noon on the lot in honor of Carl 
Laemmle's sixty-seventh birthday. 
The feature of the occasion will be 
a sixty-seven pound chocolate cake. 

Monogram-Erpi Tie 
Rumored in N. Y. 

New York. — Reports that Mono- 
gram will switch to Western Electric 
sound from Balsey-Philips on March 1 
have given new strength to rumors 
here that the Erpi organization will 
soon play an important part in Mono- 
gram financing. 

Monogram financing for the past 
season has been by arrangement with 
Consolidated, the lab being at present 
involved in a tie-in with RCA for the 
operation of the Biograph studio here. 

It looks as though Monogram's im- 
provement in product and distribution 
has put it in a spot to be a bone of 
contention between the giant elec- 

Iron Out N. O. Trouble 

Washington. — The National Labor 
Board hearing on the case of Loew's 
State New Orleans has been indefi- 
nitely postponed due to advices from 
that city that it is in process of amic- 
able settlement, and a mutually agree- 
able decision would soon be reached. 
The case of the Dubinsky Circuit, 
Kansas City, has been referred to the 
St. Louis Labor Board. 

Warners Buy Lady Dick' 

New York. — -Warners have pur- 
chased screen rights to a series of 
Cosmopolitan Magazine stories, "Lady 
Dick," by Arthur Somers Roche. 

Merian Cooper's Plan Will Put 
Producers On Spot-^Retains 
Reins But Avoids Drudgery 

The set-up under which Merian C. Cooper has consented to 
remain at the helm on the Radio lot will bring radically new 
methods to the production of that organization's pictures. It 
will take the form of adding broad new responsibilities on the 
shoulders of the individual associate 

producer, putting it up to him to make 
good or step out, without enabling 
him to shuffle off a great percentage 
of his problems on the executive pro- 

Cooper is understood to be placing 

the new plan into effect immediately. 

It will mean that from the time of 

the selection of a story the associate 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Rosenblatt Coming 
With Free Hands 

Washington. — Administrator Rosen- 
blatt states that he will make no ap- 
pointments to code committees, or ar- 
rangements for conferences with 
groups until he arrives in Hollywood. 

Provided you want to be on the 
ground floor here are the details of 
the arrival. He leaves here so as to 
arrive on the Coast January 22, and 
will get off at Pasadena, stop at the 
Beverly Wilshire, and be there about 
ten days. 

Coldstone Off for Rest 

Phil Coldstone left yesterday for 
the Sansom Sanitarium at Santa Bar- 
bara, where he will take a much need- 
ed rest for several weeks before re- 
turning to Hollywood. 


At a joint meeting of the board 
and executive committee of the Acad- 
emy last night the keynote was one 
of definite optimism concerning the 
future of the organization. 

Between thirty and forty attended, 
of which number more than half were 
some of the biggest names in the in- 
dustry. Irving Thalberg, B. B. Ka- 
hane, Harry Cohn, Jack Warner, Hen- 
ry Herzbrun and others backed the 
plea of Howard Green, vice president 
and chairman of the meeting, that 
new life be blown into the Academy. 

To this end a committee on the fu- 
ture program was named with King 
Vidor chairman, and consisting of Irv- 
ing Thalberg, C. B. DeMille, Lewis 
Stone, DeWitt Jennings, Frank Capra, 
Waldemar Young, J. M. Nickolaus, 
John Cromwell and J. L. Warner. 

A committee of three to take care 
of the Academy's outstanding obliga- 
tions was chosen, consisting of Wil- 
liam Sistrom, George Irving and Van 
Nest Polglase. 

DeWitt Jennings, William Sistrom 
(Continued on Page 4 1 

Goldwyn Sued By 
Writers For $25,000 

New York. — The Nathan Burkan 
office, which represents Samuel Gold- 
wyn, discloses a suit has been brought 
against the producer by G. S. Kauf- 
man and Robert Sherwood for $25,- 
000, the price they claim was prom- 
ised for their work on "Roman Scan- 

Goldwyn claims the authors provid- 
ed only a rough draft of a Story and 
refused to work it into shape when 
requested to do so. 

Tie su t may grow into historic 
proportions through the expectation 
of Pu'kan that the writers will file a 
second action when the profits of the 
pictu'e start coming in. 

'His Ferocious Pal' Hit by 
Ferocious Attachment 

The Sol Lesser-Spencer Bennett dog 
picture, "His Ferocious Pal," is in a 
financial jam. Jules Brulatour, East- 
man raw stock man, and the Freeman 
Lang studio have slapped attachments 
on the negative which is being held 
in the vaults of the Davidge laboratory. 

Sennett Returns Friday 

Mack Sennett arrives here from 
New York Friday after having spent 
a week in a Mesa, Arizona, hospital 
recovering from an automobile acci- 
dent. Sennett was in the accident last 
Thursday in which Charlie Mack was 

Hammett Yarn for MOM 

New York. — MGM has gone to 
522,500 and closed the deal for Das- 
hiell Hammett's newest best seller, 
"The Thin Man." Leiand Hayward 
handled the deal. 

Para. Signs N. Y. Comic 

New York. — Paramount has signed 
Paul Gerrits, a roller skating comedian 
in "Murder of the Vanities." and he 
will leave for the Coast when the play 
ends its Broadway run. 






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Ian. 17. 1934 


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at Los Angeles, under the act of March 3. 

Jean Harlow spent all the other day 
in a big department store here auto- 
graphing books at the book counter 
to help sales along. One old gentle- 
man felt that his money was more 
than well spent when Jean signed her 
name over Chapter one of Genesis in 
the Bible that he had just purchased! 

A well known writer, lunching in 
the Radio studio restaurant the other 
day, ordered himself some roast beef. 
The waitress brought him chicken. 
He was very annoyed. He said, "You 
take this back to the chef and tell 
him to stuff it!" 

"I'm sorry, sir," said the gal, "but 
there are four orders ahead of yours." 


The reason that a certain publicity 
guy at Warners is heavily "on the 
spot" is because a member of the 
eastern end of the firm's press staff 
had the bright idea of having one of 
their newly-signed starlets announce 
the fact that she was going to have a 
baby — just for the experience, with- 
out benefit of clergy or such. The 
eastern giant-brain figured this would 
get her a million dollars worth of pub- 
licity. But, of course, the head man 
knew what a boomerang such a story 
would be not only for Warners but 
for the whole industry, and raised you- 
knowhat about it. The buck was 
passed until it fell right into the lap 
of a local employee — who was afraid 
to squeal because he loves his job! 

And there's a pleasant "lowdown" 
in the reason that the Guild affair was 
so well conducted, and so free of-er, 
"aftermaths." Did you notice Jimmy 
Cagney, Ken Thomson and a number 
of officers mingling quietly here and 
there all night.' Many an incipient 
blaze was drenched before it started. 
You know, those things that some- 
times cause the morning after talk? 
But the committee saw that they 
rtever got started. Those Guilders are 
going ptaces. . .- 



Columbia prod.; director, Lambert Hillyer; writer, Robert Quigley. 

Mayfair Theatre 

World-Telegram: A considerable amount of concentration is required if one is 
to avoid confusion in following the mystery melodrama "Before Midnight" 
at the Mayfair. 

The authors were evidently so intent on making a really intricate puzzle 
that they themselves got lost in their own mystic mazes. I fully believe 
that the perpetrators practically wrote this one as they went along. As 
it is, about the only pleasant item in connection with it is Miss Collyer's 
prettiness, which is quite tangible and real. 

Post: Of the ten most mystifying mystery pictures of the year the new entry 
at the Mayfair, called "Before Midnight," should be ranked as unequivo- 
cal first because it is at least twice as unintelligible at the end as it is 
during any other point in the proceedings. The best that can be said of 
this picture is that the author started out with a crime idea and lost it 
somewhere in the second reel. Neither the cast nor the director does 
anything to help him find it. 

News: It is a routine murder mystery production with the usual technique em- 
ployed in solving the crime and finding the murderer. 

Herald-Tribune: In outline the story is not much more foolish than is to be 
found in the average mystery tale, but I fear that the plot is a trifle too 
complicated for complete comfort. Ralph Bellamy is a pleasant detective 
hero. Miss Collyer is a handsome heroine. 

American: The cast is good, with Mr. Bellamy best and Claude Cillingwater and 
June Collyer helping most. Director Hillyer has established good atmos- 
phere for weird happenings, but hasn't helped much in telling his story in 
a straightforward directness that would have made it more presentable. 
As a tip to audience sleuths, pay attention to Hollywood type casting when 
watching for the killer, and don't let the complications tout you off. 

Times: it is never exciting. It is just a puerile puzzle in which a zealous at- 
tempt is made to deceive the audience. 

Mirror: Addicts to detective stories will find this picture a tricky and satisfac- 
torily mystifying hour's entertainment. 

Gov't Credit Given 
New German Firm 

Berlin. — The bankrupt Deutches 
Lichtspiel Syndicat has been reorgan- 
ized through Government aid and will 
produce 25 pictures this season. A 
credit of two million rentenmarks has 
been arranged through a Government 
created film credit bureau. 

Tobis, as mam creditor of the for- 
mer Lichtspiel, will supply sound li- 
censes and the new syndicate will 
then place production orders with in- 
dividual producers. Artists employ- 
ed will share in the profits. 

Distribution will be through a mer- 
ger of the facilities of the new syndi- 
cate and Terra Film. 

Watt A.S.C. Manager 

Allen Watt has been appointed ex- 
ecutive business manager of the Amer- 
ican Society of Cinematographers. He 
will also act as contact man for the 
organization's members with the stu- 
dio production executives. 

Mono. Buys Santley Yarn 

Monogram has purchased an origi- 
nal story by Joseph Santley titled 
"Million Dollar Baby" and plans to 
produce it shortly. The Nat Gold- 
stone office made the deal. 

Weems Joins Roach 

Walter Weems has been made a 
permanent addition to the Hal Roach 
writing staff, the deal being handled 
by Hallam Cooley, with Harry Weber. 

Dieterle to Frisco 

Wilhelm Dieterle left for San Fran- 
cisco yesterday to find locations for 
"Golden Gate." 

'Mystery of Dead Police' 
Back to Stage for Retakes 

MGM will place "Mystery of the 
Dead Police," the Robert Montgomery 
starring vehicle, back into work next 
week for added scenes and retakes. 
Howard Emmett Rogers has been as- 
signed to write the new scenes. 

A new director will be assigned to 
the retakes, as Edgar Selwyn. who 
directed the picture, is scheduled to 
leave for New York tonight with Ed- 
die Mannix, to be gone about three 
weeks on business. 

Terrible Turk' Feb. 20 

February 20 has been set by Sey- 
mour Robinson as the opening date at 
the -Pasadena Community Playhouse 
for "The Terrible Turk," the play that 
is supposed to give slants on actual 
experiences of Jed Harris. Robinson 
owns the state rights to product of 
the play. 

Del Ruth Ends WB Stay 

Quite a lot of human interest to the 
scenes yesterday as Roy Del Ruth said 
good-bye to the boys on the Warner 
lot, ending a ten year stay with one 
organization. The boys made a num- 
ber of presentations to the director. 

Barrymore in Personal 

Lionel Barrymore will leave for 
New York shortly and is scheduled to 
open at the Capitol Theatre there on 
February 2. The skit was written for 
Barrymore by Edgar Allan Woolf. 

Chilean President at U' 

Carlos Davila. former president of 
Chile, inspected the Universal studios 
yesterday and was the .luncheon guest 
of Carl Laemmie and'^Ts soh Julhibr. 

'Gdllant Lady' Tops 
New Pics On B'way 

New York. — "Gallant Lady," open- 
ing at the Rivoli on Saturday, is about 
the hottest of the new pictures sched- 
uled for Broadway the coming week. 

The other newcomers include: 
Wednesday, "Massacre," at Strand; 
Thursday, "I Am Suzanne," Music 
Hall; "Fashions of 1934," Hollywood; 
Friday, "Cross Country Cruise," Roxy ; 
"Miss Fane's Baby Is Stolen," Para- 
mount; "Let's Fall in Love," Riaito; 
"Eskimo," Capitol; Monday, "Sixteen 
Fathoms Deep," Mayfair. 

Still Fight Over 
Rights to 'Alice' 

New York.^ — The suit of Samuel 
Kantrowitz against Paramount on the 
ground that he owns the rights to the 
title "Alice in Wonderland" for pic- 
ture purposes has been transferred to 
the Federal Courts at Paramount's re- 

Kantrowitz claims he bought the 
rights to "Alice" for film purposes in 
1916 and wants an injunction against 
distribution of Paramount's pictures. 

Col.'s 'Sisters' Starts 

Columbia put "Sisters Under the 
Skin" into production yesterday with 
Elissa Landi and Joseph Schildkraut in 
leading roles. Other members of the 
cast are Frank Morgan, Arthur Stuart 
Hull, Montague Shaw, Robert Craves, 
Selmer Jackson and Henry Kolker. 
David Burton is directing. 

Rose M.C.'s at Paramount 

Harry Rose, known as the Broadway 
jester, has been signed by Marco for 
an indefinite stay at the Paramount 
Theatre as master of ceremonies. 
Harry Santley of the William Morris 
office negotiated the deal. 

Ampas Alter Constitution 

New York. — The Ampa is holding 
a closed meeting Thursday to con- 
sider changes in the constitution of 
the organization. 

Schary Scripts 'Hell Cat' 

Columbia yesterday signed Dore 
Schary to script an original screen play 
for "The Hell Cat." 


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Cutting Due In 
MCM Story Staff 

Skilled Direction 
And Cast Lift It 

( Metro-Coldwyn-Mayer) 

Directed by William K. Howard 

Novel by — 

Marjorie Bartholomew Paradis 
Screen Play by. ...Edgar Allan Woolf 

and Florence Ryerson 

Adapted by Zelda Sears 

and Eve Greene 

Photography by Hal Rosson 

Cast: Lionel Barrymore, Fay Bainter, 
Mae Clarke, Tom Brown, Una 
Merkel, Mary Carlisle, Onslow 
Stevens, Henry Wadsworth, Ed- 
die Nugent, C. Henry Gordon and 
Dickie Moore. 
Reduce "A Big Day" to essentials, 
and you have a slight trite story of 
how youth opened the eyes of ex- 
perience. But add to that a well cho- 
sen cast, good dialogue and William 
K. Howard's ability to juggle a dozen 
situations without losing a central 
theme, and you have a film which 
holds steady interest, even though it 
may not keep a record breaking line 
at the box office. 

Much interest naturally is attached 
to Fay Bainter's first screen appear- 
ance. She plays the devoted mother 
of four children. Without seeming 
silly or unsophisticated or anything but 
charming, she hesitates to leave her 
family alone for dinner while she 
signs a screen contract on her first 

The camera jumps rapidly from one 
member of her family to another. Co- 
herency and comedy are achieved by 
the fact that all are calling the maid 
at home to cancel dinners. Each has 
his _pwn all-important problem to be 
met immediately. 

The husband is harried with worry. 
He is innocently, but none the less 
desperately, involved in the embezzle- 
ment of $40,000. The older daugh- 
ter is making up her mind to marry 
the wrong fellow. The younger 
daughter is playing with fire, kitten- 
ishly adventuresome. The son feels 
that his whole life depends upon mak- 
ing a fraternity. 

Stimulated by excitement of her 
writing contract in Hollywood, the 
mother gathers her family around the 
fireside. She feels safe in leaving for 
six weeks. To her, all of their lives 
are ordered and serene. 

By the next afternoon, the hus- 
band has attempted suicide, the son is 
in the hospital, one daughter has de- 
cided not to marry, the other has an- 
other fiance, but everyone is happy 
and home for dinner. 

The film is a patchwork of short 
scenes, and is episodic enough to drive 
any director out into the night. Nev- 
ertheless, Howard has made of it a 
film that seems spontaneous rather 
than spotty, with the exception of 
several long, scenes in which Lionel 
Barrymore presents a mask of tragedy 
which would make any wife suspect 
more than normal depression. Other- 
wise Barrymore turns in his usual 
competent, deliberate performance. 

Fay Bainter has a steady charm, 
convincing and adept, as the mother. 



Asked if Universal, which was 
skunked by Columbia's ringing in 
professionals during a basketball 
match between the studios, was 
going out after professionals of its 
own, Frank Mastroly said, "I don't 
know, but we've hired a few new 
cops at the studio." 

'Woman Unafraid' 
Pretty Dull Stuff 


(Goldsmith Production) 

Directed by William J. Cowen 

Story by Mary E. McCarthy 

Photography by Gilbert Warrenton 

Cast: Lucile Cleason, Skeets Gallagher, 
Lona Andre, Warren Hymer, Bar- 
bara Weeks, Laura Treadwell, 
Eddie Phillips, Jason Robards, 
Ruth Clifford, Richard Elliot, 
Erin LaBissoniere, Julie Kingdon, 
Joyce Goad and Baby Waring. 

With a hopeless story to begin with, 
a cast that is particularly inadequate, 
and direction that gives the effect of 
scraping your fingernails on a black- 
board, "Woman Unafraid" is one of 
those pictures that repose more grace- 
fully in the waste basket than on a 

The story, featuring the heroism of 
Officer Winthrop, a female cop, and 
her capture of a flock of gangsters, 
single-handed, is such sentimental 
blood and thunder nonsense that even 
if it were well presented it would still 
strain the credulity. 

The picture would be helped con- 
siderably if some cutting were done 
to eliminate the occasional dull blank 
silences, and if the many episodes 
could be arranged in some sort of 
smooth order so that the audience is 
not yanked back and forth from one 
unrelated scene to another. But tak- 
ing the story itself into consideration, 
it doesn't seem worth while to do any- 
thing about it. 

It's pretty dull stuff. 

Tom Brown turns in an exceptional 
piece of work in a most difficult 
scene. Banged up in an accident, he 
has to read long speeches about car- 
rying on while his father, groggy with 
an overdose of sleeping powders, sees 
that it is the coward who takes the 
easy way out. Hard to do and very 
well done. The audience sniffed loud- 
ly and sympathetically. 

Mary Carlisle is a bit too self-con- 
scious as the self-conscious school girl 
in spots but she make up for it in a 
very funny scene where she longs for 
love in theatric phrases. 

Competent performances are turned 
in by Onslow Stevens, Henry Wads- 
worth, Eddie Nugent, C. Henry Gor- 
don and Dickie Moore. And then there 
is Una Merkel who never fails to make 
a part count in handsome fashion. 

"A Big Day" won't mean a record 
breaking week, but it is human and 
convincing enough to be well above 
the average domestic drama in ap- 

The question that pops up at the 
executive meetings at MGM very fre- 
quently, regarding the cutting down 
of the writing staff, again was brought 
before the same group and again a de- 
cision was reached to decrease the 
number of writers, which now totals 

There will be no wholesale cutting 
down on the staff but writers not un- 
der contract to the studio will be let 
out as soon as they finish the assign- 
ment they are working on and new 
work will be distributed among the 
writers under contract. 

A number of writers are expected 
to be let out this week. 

20th Shutdown Not 
Coming Until May 

Twentieth Century will have a three 
month shutdown on or about May 1 , 
at which time Darry Zanuck and Jos- 
eph Schenck will wind up the first 
year's work of the new company with 
the completion of twelve pictures. 

Darryl Zanuck and William Goetz 
will leave for Europe at that time with 
their families and Darryl Zanuck will 
continue on to Africa on a big game 
hunt while Goetz will remain in Paris. 

Fox Sale May Clear 

'Lola Montez' Tangle 

Fox hopes to save something from 
"Lola Montez," a play bought sev- 
eral years ago and never produced, by 
selling the title to MGM for its forth- 
coming picture based on Lola's life. 
At the present this is the title Hunt 
Stromberg, the producer, favors. 

Green on Para Ticket 

Dropping the producer's mantle, 
Howard J. Green moves over to Para- 
mount today to write the screen play 
of "The Great Magoo," the play by 
Ben Hecht and Gene Fowler, which Al 
Lewis produces. Green produced "So 
You Won't Sing, Eh?" for Radio, 
which is now in the hands of the cut- 

Radio Gets Mills Bros. 

The Four Mills brothers were signed 
yesterday by Radio to appear in the 
jimmy Durante starring picture, 
"Strictly Dynamite," which Elliott 
Nugent will direct. The cast includes 
Gene Pallette and Nydia Westman. 
H. N. Swanson is supervising. 

David Manners Returning 

David Manners arrives in New York 
January 25 from his visit to London 
and hops off immediately for the 
coast. He played the leading role in 
British International's "Contraband" 
while in London. 

Warren Duff Renewed 

Warners yesterday punched Warren 
Duff's ticket, handing him a tilt and 
extending his stay with the company's 
writing staff another six months. His 
deal was negotiated through Frank and 

Would it ever occur to you that 
there might be a fashion tie-up for 
the picture "Roman Scandals"? Well, 
we never would have thought of it 
ourself, but little things like that don't 
seem to bother Lynn Farnol. That 
bright boy of the Goldwyn outfit sold 
the Herald-Tribune fashion editor the 
idea and in return got himself a whole 
full page spread adapting the Roman 
idea to modern dress and of course 
giving "Roman Scandals" full credit 
for the costumes. And the amazing 
part of it is that they make very at- 
tractive evening costumes or peignoirs 
or something, and anyway we think 
it's a swell stunt, because they must 
have laughed when he first broached 
the subject and then they sat down 
and gave it a complete Sunday page 
and article. 


There's a play in town which had 
just about the most terrific advance 
sale of anything that's come to Broad- 
way since — . However, the reviews 
and general comment were sort of a 
letdown to say the least, but the house 
was sold out for approximately seven 
or eight weeks. Sooo, someone was 
asking one of the members of the 
company how the play was doing. 
And she said that for the first act 
they were playing to capacity houses 
every performance. 

A friend of a friend of ours has had 
one of those strange experiences with 
the picture business. We withhold 
his name because his chances are still 
good. However, this lad, who is very 
attractive and very tall, got very tight 
one night, and while in his cups ac- 
cepted a dare and made a bet that he 
could walk into a picture company, 
demand a screen test and get it. The 
next day he was cold sober but still 
game and so he marched himself up 
to Fox — and got a screen test. Not 
only that, but a contract for six weeks 
at a hundred and twenty-five a week. 
So he went to Hollywood, where he 
reported for work and was promptly 
forgotten by everyone on the lot ex- 
cept the treasurer, who dutifully sent 
him his pay each week. At the end 
of the six weeks, finding that he liked 
Hollywood, he decided to try the same 
stunt again with another company. 
And this other major company also 
gave him a test, but before he could 
find out what they were going to do 
about it he had to come east because 
of illness in his family. However, he 
has received word that if, as and when 
he returns to the coast he is to come 
on over and they'll talk over terms. 
Wonder who will be the person to 
"discover" the boy? . . . What in the 
world has happened to Katie Hepburn 
that made her refuse to autograph one 
picture of herself for a crippled child 
who adores her? And the request 
came through perfectly legitimate 

Hermann Bahr Dies 

Munich. — Herrnann Bahr, world 
known Austrian dramatist, and some- 
times referred to as "The Shaw of 
Germany," passed away here yesterday 
at the age of seventy. 

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Jan. 17, 1934 

A.S.C. Hears Details 
Of New Pact Mon. 

The American Society of Cinema- 
tographers has called its first general 
meeting of the year for Monday night. 
In announcing the meeting President 
John Arnold said: 

"The meeting is of the utmost im- 
portance to every cameraman in the 
business and will be recognized as 
such when we advise them officially 
of the details of the long term agree- 
ment entered into between the society 
and the producers." 

Talbot in 'Golden Gate' 

Lyie Talbot has been given the male 
lead in Warners' "Golden Gate." 
Bette Davis, Pat O'Brien and Marga- 
ret Lindsay are also set for this one, 
which Wilhelm Dieterle will direct. 


Al Jolson complained yesterday 
that in the twenty or so years he 
has been wearing black-face on the 
stage and screen he's never been 
forced to use it as he does in 
"Wonder Bar." He wears "black- 
face" all over his body. 

Academy Starts Anew 

(Continued from Page 1 ) 

and Lewis Stone were named a com- 
mittee to confer with producers as to 
how the work of the Actor-Producer 
Relations office might best be car- 
ried on. 

Carl Dreher and J. M. Nickolaus will 
deal with the producers on questions 
concerning the Technical Bureau. 

According to Howard Green the 
Academy has lost only 10 per cent of 
its membership through resignations 
and he branded as false the rumor 
that the Academy would fold now or 
at any future date. 

Dix-Dunne Team 
Again in 'Stingaree' 

Richard Dix will be co-starred with 
Irene Dunne in "Stingaree" as his 
next assignment, instead of either 
"Crime Doctor" or "Family Man." 
William Wellman will direct. 

This is the first time that these two 
stars are scheduled to appear to- 
gether since "Cimarron." David Lewis 
will supervise this picture. 

Todd Added by Hoffman 

M. H. Hoffman, apparently deter- 
mined to load his guns with a name- 
value cast, yesterday closed for the 
services of Thelma Todd, who shares 
top billing with Jack LaRue in "Take 
the Stand." 

Ruben Megs 'Family Man' 

J. Walter Ruben has been assigned 
to direct the Clive Brook starring ve- 
hicle, "Family Man," as his next as- 
signment for Radio. Myles Connolly 
is supervising. 

Spewacks on 'Soviet* 

Bella and Sam Spewack are doing 
the dialogue and continuity on 
"Soviet" for MGM, using the treat- 
ment written by Leo Birinski. 

Chester Morris East 
For Erskine Picture 

Chester Erskine yesterday closed a 
deal by wire with the Rebecca and 
Silton office for Chester Morris to 
journey East in two weeks to share 
top billing with Helen Morgan and 
Lilyan Tashman in "Frankie and John- 
ny," which United Artists will dis- 
tribute. Moss Hart is turning out the 
script and Helen Broderick and Clifton 
Webb are also set for the cast. 

Morris returns here by the end of 
next month in order to take the title 
sp>ot in Universal's "Practical Joker," 
which Stanley Bergerman is produc- 

Cormack's Para. Year Ends 

Bartlett Cormack winds up a year's 
contract with Paramount on the com- 
pletion of his work on the screen play 
of "The Trumpet Blows." Except for 
a year at Radio as a writer-producer, 
Cormack has worked exclusively for 
Paramount during the five years he 
has been in Hollywood. 

Tom Terriss in N. Y. 

New York. — Tom Terriss is back 
in this country after writing and di- 
recting an all-French picture, "La Vie 
Splendide," in Paris. The picture was 
well received at the Carnegie here. 

'Alice in Hollywood' 

Thomas Bell, formerly associated 
with Ralph Spence, has sold a play to 
the Shuberts entitled "Alice in Holly- 
wood." It is scheduled for Fall pro- 

Presnell Starts Warners' 
The Key' Wednesday 

Robert Presnell puts his next pic- 
ture, "The Key," into work next Wed- 
nesday, and is now building the cast 
around William Powell and Kay Fran- 
cis in the leads. Dr. Thomas Mc- 
Loughlin, a noted psychiatrist, has 
been engaged as technical advisor. 

Agent Wins Damages 

Leon Lance, agent, was yesterday 
awarded $5725 in damages in Judge 
Marshall McComb's court for auto 
injuries sustained in 1932. 

New Set-up at Radio 

(Continued from Page 1 ) 

producer will be on his own in all the 
details of story preparation, tentative 
casting, selection of direction, clear 
through to budget making. 

Only when the picture is laid out 
in every detail will it be brought be- 
fore Cooper for final executive deci- 

The intention is to avoid the daily 
dilly-dallying and time-wasting con- 
ferences the result of which is to keep 
the executive producer on a twenty- 
four hour treadmill schedule, and in- 
cidentally mean that it takes the as- 
sociate producer twice as long to get 
a given job done because he has to 
await his turn to get into the front 

Present group of associate produc- 
ers on the Radio lot includes Pandro 
Berman, Kenneth Macgowan, Myles 
Connolly, Howard Green, Cliff Reid, 
David Lewis, Lou Brock, Shirley Bur- 
den and William Sistrom. 

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Fireworks Explode Listens To N. Y. Theatre Group 
At Para. Hearing ^„^ Agrees To Come Off His 

w York. — With Federal Judge O f# 

Big Percentage High-Horse 

•FOUR or five days in New York right 
at this time gives a viewpoint, an en- 
tirely different viewpoint from any 
other part of this country. New York 
is on a jamboree, is spending money 
as it has never spent before, is buying 
entertainment in every form, is having 
fun. Theatres, legitimate and (some) 
movies, hotels, restaurants, etc., etc., 
are packed to the doors. The old town 
has a gayety that has never been ap- 
proached since 1919. 

The picture business in New York 
is better than in any other part of the 
country right at this time. The 
neighborhood houses, particularly, are 
doing excellent business. The big 
houses downtown are doing great 
when they have great pictures and 
better than average on program at- 

The legitimate theatres are boom- 
ing, ordinary attractions are selling 
out, really good shows are sold out 
for weeks in advance. Most of the 
hits seem dull in comparison to good 
pictures. Take for instance the $70,- 
000 purchase of MCM's "Ah Wilder- 
ness." We had to force ourselves to 
sit through two acts. And it's one 
of the big hits of the town. There's 
too much talk, and a masterful job on 
the screen adaptation is the only hope 
of turning it rnto a good picture. 

There is little doubt but that the 
theatre has sagged greatly in enter- 
tainment principally for the reason 
that there are not a dozen writers 
devoting their attention to that form 
of writing. But still, our picture pro- 
ducers go in and bid their heads off 
for the shows, ordinary, very ordinary 
shows. Look at Paramount with their 
purchase of "Sailor Beware." It's 
not as good as their own script of 
"The Fleet's In" that Clara Bow did 
for them some time ago. And any- 
how, the main and only attraction to 
"Sailor Beware" is material that should 
not be placed on the screen and prob- 
ably will not even be photographed. 

But some day, somehow or other, 
producers here will realize the value 
of spending big sums for good origi- 
nals, scripts that will be handed them 
in completed form ready for shooting. 
And when this is done, the cost of 
story material will be greatly reduced 
and better pictures will result. 

New York. — With Federal Judgi 
Bondy finally stepping down because 
he felt the honor of the court had 
been assailed, a stormy session today 
over the approval of the Paramount 
equity receivers and attorneys fees 
came to a temporary truce. judge 
Knox will now decide the case. 

Fireworks were wild at the hearing, 
Attorneys Zirn, House and Rogers 
claiming that as the receivership it- 
self was "illegal and procured with 
collusion and fraud" anv approval of 
the fees was likewise. 

Rogers had a particularly bitter 
personal spat with Judge Bondy. 

MCM Dickers for Lloyd 
To Direct Shearer Pic 

MCM IS negotiating with Frank 
Lloyd to direct "Vanessa," which will 
have Norma Shearer and Diana Wyn- 
yard in the top spots. Lloyd is now 
on a lay-off period from his Fox con- 
tract. Arthur Richman is writing the 
script. Walter Wanger produces 

Blumey Loses Philly Suit 

Philadelphia. — The suit in Philadel- 
phia by A. C. Blumenthal against Al- 
bert M. Greenfield for $151,575 for 
commissions on account of the sale of 
William Fox's stock holdings several 
years ago has been dismissed by Unit- 
ed States Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Senators Attack Code 

Washington. — Senators Nye and 
Borah are scheduled to take the Sen- 
ate floor today to attack the monopo- 
listic tendencies of the NRA codes. 
It is of interest to picture people be- 
cause of the non-conformist attitude 
still maintained by Allied Exhibitors. 

New York. — Samuel Coldwyn met with the independent 
exhibitors here yesterday and was conquered, but not before a 
long and harassing argument had ensued and one that will live 
long in the exhibitors' breasts, 

more money for his bit, even though 
he agreed to take less than the 50 per 
cent he had been asking from that 

The meeting was arranged by Harry 
Brandt, president of the Independent 
Theatre Owners of New York. Both 
Coldwyn and Al Lichtman put in their 
appearance and the fireworks were set 
off by Brandt asking Coldwyn why he 
was demanding such a high percent- 
age for "Roman Scandals." Coldwyn 
replied with a few thousand cho ce 
(Continued on Page 2 1 

Only $15,000 Parts 
Cummings and U' 

Everything points to Constance 
Cummings for the star spot in 
"Clamour," which Ben F. Zeldman is 
producing for Universal. Negotiations 
revolve around the sum to be paid the 
player, Selznick and Joyce asking 
$30,000 for the assignment, with 
Universal offering $15,000. 

William Wyler will direct, Victor 
Schertzinger, who was previously set, 
being tied up at Columbia. 

Caumont Chief to Visit 

London. — Michael Balcon. chief of 
production at the Caumont and Cains- 
borough studios, plans to shortly make 
a trip to Hollywood to study produc- 
tion methods there. 

and one that will net Coldwyn 

'Catherine' Another 
Triumph For Korda 

London. — It looks like another tri- 
umph for Alexander Korda. "Cather- 
ine the Creat" trade shown last night 
is compared unanimously to "Henry 
the Eighth," and will even be better 
liked by most Britishers, being more 
dignified in treatment of its subject. 

Elizabeth Bergner is pronounced 
"magnetic," Fairbanks, Jr., excellent, 
and praise is given the lavishness of 
the settings and photography. 

The picture clicks in all depart- 
ments, though it will stand some 
trimming, being 8500 feet at the 
trade show. 

Columbia International 
Convention in London 

New York. — J. H. Seidelman, for- 
eign manager of Columbia Pictures, 
sails Friday for England to attend the 
first international convention of Co- 
lurrbia's youthful foreign organiza- 
tion. It will be held in London Jan- 
uary 28. 

Rumor Zanft-Berg join 

Latest reports on the John Zanft 
front last night were that the former 
Fox major executive had reached an 
agreement with Phil Berg and the two 
would combine forces in the special 
representative field. 


FIREWORKS AT WESTWOOD Nana' in Music HallFeb.l 

Fox failed to have salary checks on 
hand for a number of the higher-sal- 
aried writers and players on both the 
Westwood Hills and Western Avenue 
lots Tuesday afternoon, and met the 
workers with varying excuses. When 
the players and writers started com- 
paring notes yesterday and realized 
that each was not an individual case 
the buzzing grew to excited propor- 

(Continued on Page 2) 

Dowling on Radio Board 

New York. — Eddie Dowling has 
been appointed to the Radio Code Au- 
thority, and Ceneral Johnson today de- 
nied to pointed questions that it was 
due to any White House pressure. 

Morris Hit by Flu' 

Chester Morris is in bed with the 
flu which laid him low following his 
appearance at the Screen Actors' Guild 

ball last Saturday night. 

New York. — February 1 is the date 
set for the opening of "Nana" at the 
Radio City Music Hall, Sam Coldwyn 
booking his big picture where he 
wanted to regardless of United Artists 
being the distributor. 

Connolly Loses Mother 

Cincinnati. — The mother of Walter 
Connolly died here yesterday. The 
actor was en route from Hollywood to 
see her when the end came. 



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Goldwyn Bows to Indies 

(Continued from Page 1 ) 

Well, so it seems that Dorothy Lee 
has decided that Marshall Duffield 
isn't her dream-prince after all! . . . 
The Randy Scott-Vivian Gaye merging 
won't be for another month yet — or 
two or three. . . . Lou Schreiber has 
had practically no sleep (in the day- 
time) for the past few weeks. . . . 
Bing Crosby and )oe E. Brown will be 
at President Roosevelt's birthday party 
January 30. . . . Russ Sanders, ex- 
football star, who once ran 95 yards 
for a touchdown, is coming along nice- 
ly as an assistant director at Warners. 


Johnny Weissmuller has gone in for 
target practice — we mention this 
without comment. . . . Now that 
"Viva Villa" is in the bag, Wally 
Beery is off somewhere to fish; Wally, 
by the way, shot 1 1 ,000 feet of small 
film while in Mexico on location — 
just for his own amazement! . . . We 
have a most amazing fan-letter for 
Arline Judge! . . . Monte Blue is train- 
ing at a local gymnasium daily — and 
looks tres fit. . . . Joan Blondell has 
tossed the white henna overboard and 
gone back to her natural tresses which 
are sorta blonde anyway. . . . David 
Manners, who really wowed 'em in 
London, is turning down (and we 
know) radio, stage and social offers 
to come back to Hollywood in a coupla 

Mrs. Louis B. Mayer, well again, is 
returning here from San Francisco to- 
day — the L. B.'s will live in Beverly 
for a while. . . . The supposedly mar- 
rying Carbo has been furniture buy- 
ing, wc hear — but she already has a 
beautiful torso! . . . Clark Gable starts 
training with Mike Cantwell next 
week — but he didn't say what for! 
. . . Looks like the romance between 
Ann Harding and that famous novelist 
has cooled something awful. . . . 
Ratoff, the Russian magnificat, fuss- 
ing at the Vendome because he had 
to park his car a block away and had 
to wait for a table. ... If you hear 
from Frank Joyce, kindly notify his 
office. . . . Hepburn Is fed up with 

t>ie StafgC. S.VT-~-r,:^— .-.--:■ 

The lATSE yesterday fired the first 
gun following the soundmen's election 
in its battle with the IBEW when 
Harold Smith, their business manager, 
filed formal charses with the Regional 
Labor Board against each member of 
the Motion Picture Producers' Asso- 
ciation, individually and collectively. 
Producers are charged with disregard- 
ing the 40-hour maximum clause in 
the code covering all sound men ex- 
cept mixers and recorders. Smith also 
claims in his complaint that the stu- 
dios are guilty of salary violations in 
the case of all sound men, under the 
overriding provision, Article IV, Sec- 

Look for $10 a Day 
Men for NRA Bodies 

Washington. — General Johnson is 
looking for outside public spirited citi- 
zens to serve as Government observers 
at hearings in all industries. Ten 
dollars a day for the hearings plus 
traveling expenses will be the fee. 

In the future no code hearings will 
be held in any industry without this 
impartial observer present. The prac- 
tice of using deputy administrators for 
the purpose is abandoned because it 
results in the NRA reviewing its own 

Radio Borrows Kruger 
For Xrime Doctor' Role 

Otto Kruger was borrowed by Ra- 
dio from MGM yesterday for the lead 
in "Crime Doctor," with Nils Asther, 
Wynne Gibson and Ada Cavell in fea- 
tured roles. John Robertson will di- 
rect and production is scheduled to 
get under way on Monday. 

Kruger will play the role that Rich- 
ard Dix was slated to have. 

H. B. Warner Signs Agents 

H. B. Warner has been signed to 
a managerial contract by the Bernard 
and Meiklejohn agency. 

Fox Payroll jam 

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The result was a hectic day for Fox 
executives when individuals and agents 
on behalf of their clients descended 
on the Fox lot for their overdue pay 
checks yesterday. 

On Tuesday the applicants were 
told, "Everything will be straightened 
out tomorrow. Your check will be 
ready then." 

But at the close of the business day 
yesterday a number of the workers 
were still awaiting their checks. 

Illness of "the party who signs the 
checks" was given as the excuse to 
most. The common alibi handed the 
contract players whose checks must 
bear the signature of Winnie Sheehan 
was "Mr. Sheehan is in story confer- 
ence and cannot be disturbed." 

This excuse was still being given 
yesterday, twenty-four hours after the 
payments were due. 

Executive, clerical, labor and extra 
payrolls were met on time. The trou- 
ble seems only to have arisen in the 
higher bracketed salaries, the bulk of 
the studio's overhead. rl^,-^,- -,.,.. ..-.*^ 

tion 5, of the Motion Picture Code. 
The studios still refuse to recognize 
the lATSE's right to speak for the 
sound men, having a contract with 
the IBEW. 

Smith claims his union's victory at 
the polls last week gives him the pow- 
er to deal with the producers under 
Section 7a of the NRA and Article 
III of the Motion Picture Code. He 
wants a showdown in this jurisdic- 
tional dispute and has chosen this 
method to find out where he stands. 

Harry Brigaerts, vice president of 
the IBEW, was not in his office yes- 
terday and up to a late hour last night 
could not be reached for a statement. 

Clive Brook and DeMille 
Cannot Agree on Terms 

Cecil B. DeMille is again on the 
lookout for an actor to play the role 
of Caesar in "Cleopatra," which he is 
making for Paramount. 

DeMille had set on Clive Brook for 
the role, but when it came to settling 
the money end Paramount did not 
want to meet the figure asked by 
Brook. There is still a possibility that 
negotiations will be renewed. 

Foreign Actors Load 

Down Ocean Liners 

New York. — It's open season for 
foreign actors flocking to America. 
Arriving on the Champlain yesterday 
were Peggy Morrison, dancer of the 
Folies Bergere; Thomas C. Gibbs. Eng- 
lish actor; Lucien Coedel and Victor 
Henkine, French actors. 

Other passengers on the liner were 
Ernest Stern, art director, and Dudley 
Wilkinson, American actor. 

Fashion Adviser Assigned 
To 'Latest From Paris' 

MGM yesterday assigned Kathleen 
Howard, associate editor of Harper's 
Bazaar, to serve as technical adviser 
and to act in Joan Crawford's next ve- 
hicle, "Latest from Paris," which Rob- 
ert Z. Leonard directs. Miss Howard 
was brought out here several months 
ago by Jesse L. Lasky to serve in the 
same capacity on "Coming Out Party." 

'U' Tags Mrs. Leslie Carter 
For 'Elizabeth and Mary' 

Mrs. Leslie Carter has been set by 
Universal for a featured role in "Eliz- 
abeth and Mary" with Margaret Sulla- 
van and Lowell Sherman, the latter to 

Arthur Caesar has finished the 
script and the cast will start rehearsals 
next week. Shooting will begin the 
week following. 

Ellington for 'Vanities' 

New York. — Duke Ellington and his 
band have been signed by Paramount 
for "Murder in the Vanities." The 
organization leaves for the coast next 

Harry Green Entertains 

Inviting over 300 guests, Harry 

Green will be host at a cocktail party 

today at the Clover Club between four 

...and eight. . ._ . _ 

words, telling the exhibitors that they 
were continually crying for good pic- 
tures and when a producer brings 
them one they refuse to pay for it. 
Goldwyn said, "I will never make a 
bad picture if I can help it and by 
helping, I mean the expenditure of all 
the money required to make it good in 
the buying of the proper writing 
brains, the assembling of the best 
casts and giving the picture all the 
production that it requires. I am not 
asking you to take from 30 to 60 
pictures, I sell you one picture at a 
time and ask you to sit in judgment 
on that picture before you buy it. If 
I am successful in making a picture 
that will draw audiences, I am entitled 
to my just return for that picture; so 
why do you say I am asking too 

In reply to this Harry Brandt stated: 
"We agree with everything you have 
said, Mr. Goldwyn. You are making 
the best pictures in the business, pic- 
tures that are getting big money, BUT 
we do not get a crack at that big 
money. You are asking us to pay the 
same percentage as the first run 
houses and the big circuits. Don't 
you realize that after you play your 
first run, then turn your picture over 
to the Loew circuit. Fox, RKO and 
other chains, that most of our cus- 
tomers are deflected from our box 
office to go to those theatres to see 
any big picture? When those pic- 
tures reach our houses most of our 
audiences have seen them some place 
else. Give us the picture at the same 
time as the big circuits and we will 
pay you the same percentage, but if 
you insist on us running it after them, 
after they have milked our neighbor- 
hoods, then we tell you that you must 
give us a break and get away from 
those 50 percent demands if you want 
us to play your productions." 

Other exhibitors showered Gold- 
wyn with praise for his manner of 
production, his effort to make good 
pictures, and when it was all over 
Goldwyn finally agreed to percentage 
reductions and will deal individually 
with each exhibitor and his problem 
as it concerns the run of "Roman 

The feeling around here is that al- 
though Goldwyn will take a percent- 
age cut he will get more money in 
the long run because he met with this 
group, stated his case clearly and hon- 
estly and the exhibitors will go out 
and hustle business for him, not only 
on "Roman Scandals" but on his other 
coming pictures, and not only that, 
but more "Scandals" contracts will be 
s.ijgned than would have been if this 
meeting had not been arranged. 

And they still call him "Lucky 

Series of 
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high class anima 
two reelers; also 
photographed in 
excellent material 

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Page Three 



Good Production; 
Big Name Cast 

( Paramount ) 

Directed by Leo McCarey 

Story by Keene Thompson 

and Douglas MacLean 

Adaptation by Walter DeLeon 

and Harry Ruskin 

Photography by Henry Sharp 

Cast: Charlie Ruggles, Mary Boland, 
W. C. Fields, Alison Skipworth, 
George Burns and Gracie Allen. 

Throw your hat up in the air and 
grab yourself off a swell comedy — 
Paramount's "Six of a Kind." Silly, 
ridiculous, absolutely hilarious in spots, 
this cheerful insanity is swarming with 
everything that makes people laugh. 

Directed with expert calculation, 
acted to the hilt, and featuring a story 
that is universally funny in the first 
place, the picture should be good news 
to any box office. 

Charlie Ruggles and Mary Boland 
start out for a vacation — their first in 
twenty years. Their second honey- 
moon, they call it, until George Burns 
and Gracie Allen answer the adver- 
tisement Miss Boland put in the news- 
paper for a couple "to drive to Cali- 
fornia and share expenses." 

As if these two didn't provide com- 
plications enough, a teller in the bank 
where Ruggles works uses the Ruggles 
baggage as a hiding place for $50,000 
he has stolen. 

The trip to California, enlivened by 
Gracie Allen's inanities and several 
minor catastrophes, hits an amusing 
peak when the party reaches Alison 
Skipworth's hotel and is arrested by 
W. C. Fields, the sheriff. 

The six principals in this comedy 
work perfectly together. In addition 
to the fine work of those already men- 
tioned, W. C. Fields, in particular, has 
an opportunity to show what he really 
can do, although every other member 
of the cast is as funny as anybody has 
a right to be. 

Leo McCarey 's direction is expert; 
Walter DeLeon and Harry Ruskin did 
right by the story by Keene Thompson 
and Douglas MacLean, and Henry 
Sharp photographed it well. 

"Six of a Kind" is above-average 
comedy. It has names, story, di- 
rection plus swell acting. 

Howard Slated to Meg 
'Streets of New York' 

With William Wellman off the pic- 
ture, MGM is figuring on William K. 
Howard to direct "Streets of New 
York," the Arthur Caesar story which 
David Selznick is producing. 

Howard is now in New York and 
will return to Hollywood in about a 

'Bottoms Up' Now Scoring 

Fox yesterday signed Constantine 
Bakaleinikoff to supervise the scoring 
of the B. G. DeSylva production, "Bot- 
toms Up." Harry Jackson's radio or- 
chestra will be used for the recording. 
Director David Butler hopes to wind 
up the musical by the end of next 

A Stroheim Idea 

Hearing that Warners are having 
script trouble with his novel "An- 
thony Adverse," Harvey Allen sug- 
gested that the studio make his 
wordy tome into a trilogy. Studio 
figures one headache is enough and 
turned down the three-picture 

Ceo. Cohan Signs 
To Do Pic in East 

New York. — Krimsky and Cochran 
have signed George M. Cohan to a 
picture contract for one subject to be 
made in New York, but at present 
writing it looks as though they can't 
get together on a deal with MGM to 
make the picture "Ah Wilderness." 

If the deal falls through, one of 
Cohan's old plays will be selected, 
probably "Gambling." Cohan is dead 
set to show Hollywood what he can 
do on the screen. 

Big Air Tie-Up Set For 
Warners' 'Wonder Bar' 

Requests from 262 stations have 
come to Warner Brothers in response 
to a questionnaire sent out by George 
Bilson asking if they would use a 15- 
minute electrical transcription of a 
program with all the stars of "Won- 
der Bar." The program will be heard 
simultaneously at these stations a 
week before the release of the picture. 

Levy Scripts Own Play 

Benn W. Levy has joined the Fox 
writing staff to write the screen play 
of "Springtime for Henry," his own 
play which Jesse L. Lasky is produc- 
ing. Script job on the part of the 
writer was part of the original deal 
for the play's purchase. 

Chevalier Arrives 

Maurice Chevalier, Charles Boyer 
and Marcal Vallee arrived in Holly- 
wood yesterday afternoon on the 
Chief. Vallee will have a role in "The 
Merry Widow" with Chevalier for 
MGM and Boyer reports to Fox. 

'Trinidad' Finally Moves 

After two postponements Fox yes- 
terday decided to definitely place 
"Murder in Trinidad" into production 
Monday. Louis King directs under Sol 
Wurtzel's supervision. 

Long Termer for Foran 

Fox was so pleased with the work 
of Nicholas Foran in the "Fox Follies" 
that the company has signed him to 
a long term contract. Picture was 
Foran's first screen appearance. 

Assign Reid's Next 

Cliff Reid will supervise "Fugitive 
From Glory" as his next picture for 
Radio. John Barrymore was mention- 
ed for the starring role some time ago. 

Final 'Hannibal' Title 

^You Can't Buy Everything" is an- 
nounced by MGM as the final title 
formerly known as "Old Hannibal." 

Capra Again Slated 
To Direct 'Soviet' 

,' It has been definitely settled for 
Frank Capra to go over to MGM on a 
one-picture loanout deal from Colum- 
bia to direct "Soviet," the Clark 
Gable-Wallace Beery co-starring vehi- 
cle, after the director makes one more 
picture on his home lot. Irving Thal- 
berg will produce "Soviet." 

The deal was swung because MGM 
had loaned Clark Gable to Columbia 
for "Night Bus." Capra was at MGM 
a year ago to direct this picture, but 
was recalled by Columbia when the 
loanout period had expired without 
the picture starting. 

Troubles Pile Up For 

'His Ferocious Pal' 

While Sol Lesser and Spencer Ben- 
nett are engaged in scrapping with 
each other as to who is to meet the 
obligations accruing on "His Ferocious 
Pal," three more attachments were 
nailed on the negative of the picture 
y.Q9terday, making five in all. 

Picture is the second that Bennett 
made for Principal Pictures' release 
and has a $2,500 list of claims to 

New Movie Mirror Set-Up 

A tea given at the Russian Eagle 
yesterday formally inaugurated a new 
policy of Movie Mirror by which that 
MacFadden publication will concen- 
trate its editorial direction in the Hol- 
lywood office. Ruth Waterbury, as 
editor, will have Ernest Heyn, former- 
ly editor Modern Screen, as her east- 
ern editor, and Jerry Asher, former 
western editor, as associate editor. 

Publicists Dine Reeve 

The Studio Publicity Executives' 
committee is giving a dinner at the 
Beverly Hills hotel next Monday night 
in honor of Arch Reeve, dean of stu- 
dio publicity men, who leaves shortly 
for his new job as advertising mana- 
ger of Fox in New York. 

Play Careful With Robson 

MGM yesterday withdrew May 
Robson from the top spot in "Louisi- 
ana Lou," deciding that the assign- 
ment was not important enough for 
her. Another player will be announc- 
ed for the role. 

Sale's Next Old Shep' 

With "Cowman's Loss," Chic Sale's 
first short on his two-picture deal with 
MGM, finished, Jack Cummings is 
preparing the comic's second to be 
titled "Old Shep." Picture will start 

Elsa Maxwell Tells All 

New York — Elsa Maxwell has sign- 
ed a contract with Alfred A. Knopf 
for her memoirs, which will be pub- 
lished within a year under the title of 
"But It's True." 

Will Hays En Route Here 

New York. — Will Hays is on his 
way to the coast, having boarded the 
Century Tuesday. 

Well, the Heifetzes had their musi- 
cal soiree for the benefit of Destitute 
German Professionals that netted that 
worthy cause exactly fifteen thousand 
dollars. Four hundred people carrte to 
hear Heifetz, Iturbi and Tibbett and 
an extra five thousand dollars was 
contributed by Mrs. George Backer. 
Lucrezia Bori sat herself up in the 
very first row and conversed volubly 
with the performers. Chico Marx 
bought four tickets and brought along 
Mrs. Eddie Cantor and Jack Benny. 
Frances Marion, the Richard Wallaces, 
the Bernie Finemans (Margaret actu- 
ally sold twelve tickets), the Felix 
Warburgs, Irene Lewisohn and Gov- 
ernor Lehman's brother were among 
those present. . . . There was a funny 
incident connected with the concert. 
Somehow everyone thought that the 
other fellow had invited Professor Ein- 
stein to attend. The day before the 
concert, Florence Vidor called him up 
just to remind him and it was dis- 
covered that no one had asked him 
to come, and though he had heard 
about it he hadn't had the slightest 
idea of where or when it was to be 
held and so couldn't come because of 
a previous engagement. The profes- 
sor, by the way, is going to play the 
violin in a string quartet that's going 
to give a concert for the same cause 
and at the same price per ticket in 
a couple of weeks. 

Arch Selwyn has persuaded Eliza- 
beth Bergner to come to America in I i 
the spring and do her play, "Escape \ ' 
Me Never," which is such a tremen- 
dous success in London. You'll see 
Miss Bergner in "Queen Catherine," 
and it really is by way of being an 
accomplishment to have gotten her 
consent to come over here. Lots of 
others have tried, but Miss Bergner 
is an independent actress with the 
means to choose her spots and it's 
the first time she's chosen New York. 
. . . Really, we've been to a number 
of openings this season, heaven knows, 
but we've never seen such a collection 
of "lavender" and old lace as came 
out for the "Come of Age" premiere. 
Practically the only regular first- 
nighter in the place was Marion Sa- 
portas and, oyes, Eddie Wasserman. 

Margalo Gillmore and Alec Clark, 
Jean Dixon, Edna Ferber and Moss 
Hart, Julius Tannen and family, Hum- 
phrey Bogart and Ken MacKenna in 
the after-the-theatre crowd up at 
Tony's. We asked Humphrey wheth- 
er he had any plans for the season 
and he said he expected to be on 
Broadway for the rest of the year in 
"Up the River" — which is playing at 
the Globe at the moment along with 
"Dishonored." . . . Harry Wilcoxon, 
the English actor Paramount is bring- 
ing over, must have been slightly 
startled by a cable from that company 
asking for his measurements. But 
they only wanted them so's they could 
make up and have ready the armor he 
has to wear in "Antony and Cleo- 

Page Four 

Jan. 18, 1934 

indies Chuckle As 
Majors Go On Pan 

New York. — Here's the typical 
slant on the Government questionnaire 
business — it's going to be great to 
show the other fellow up. 

Inquiry among independents here as 
to whether they would respond to the 
Government's request brought the re- 
ply generally, "We have nothing to 
lose — and it's going to be a great way 
to put the big fellows on the pan." 

New Tag For Freund 

One of Carl Laemmie, Jr.'s last acts 
before departing for Europe is to re- 
new the contract on Karl Freund as a 
director for an additional year at a 
sizable tilt, and hand him a plum in 
"The Man Who Reclaimed His Head." 
This will be made after the comple- 
tion of "The Countess of Monte 

Ruth Roland a Publicist 

Ruth Roland, actress and business 
woman, embarks on a new field with 
the formation of International Pub- 
licists, Inc., in association with David 
Arlen. Offices for the publicity rep- 
resentation of picture people have 
been opened in the Pantages building. 

Cancellation Retroactive 

Washington. — Under an NRA rul- 
ing today the ten percent cancellation 
privilege of exhibitors is retroactive 
to December 7 if exhibitors have oth- 
erwise lived up to the provisions of 
the clause. 

Robert Frazer into "Men in White" 
at MGM, placed by Lichtig and Eng- 

Edward Earle signed by Fox for 
"Three on a Honeymoon," through 
Hallam Cooley of the Weber office. 

Toby Wing for "Come on Marines," 
Paramount. Set by Ivan Kahn. 

Mayo Methot and Dorothy Peterson 
for "Fur Coats," Warners. Joy and 
Polimer set the tickets. 

Leo Chalzell spotted in Paramount's 
"Come on Marines" by the Bernard 
and Melklejohn agency. 

Otis Harlan has been signed by 
Warners to play the part of St. Peter 
in the Busby Berkeley sequences of 
"Wonder Bar." 

Barlowe Borland added to the cast 
of "Rip Tide," MGM. Sackin agency 

Marjorie Cateson and Henry O'Neill 

added to the Warner picture "Fur 

Ruth Gillette for a role In "David 
Harum" at Fox. Lichtig and Englan- 
der made the deal. 

Robert Craves goes into Columbia's 
"Sisters Under the Skin," placed by 
Hal Cooley of the Weber office. 

George Irving set for "David 
Harum," Fox. Deal handled by Meni- 
fee I. Johnstone. 

Anita Garvin through Kay-Stuart for 
a featured role in "Playful Husbands," 
Columbia short. 

Radio Ties Up a Song 

Radio yesterday purchased "Just 
Two Alone," a song by Cliff Friend, 
and will use it for exploitation on the 
Tom Brown-Jean Parker picture, "Two 
Alone." Picture was completed six 
weeks ago, with Elliott Nugent di- 
recting and David Lewis producing. 

Jolson East Jan. 25 

Al Jolson will leave for New York 
January 25 to confer with radio offi- 
cials on his forthcoming series of air 
appearances for Kraft cheese begin- 
ning February 8. 

Blue in Marine Yarn 

Paramount yesterday closed a deal 
with Monte Blue for a top spot in 
"Come On, Marines," which Henry 
Hathaway directs under Al Lewis's su- 
pervision. Bob George of the Weber 
office set the ticket, which results 
from the way Blue clicked in "The 
Last Round-up." 

Lawyers Squawk on 
Screen Treatment 

New York. — Now the lawyers are 
complaining that the screen holds their 
profession up to ridicule. The New 
York Law Journal today took up their 
kicks editorially. 

One lawyer complains particularly 
about "Love, Honor and Oh, Baby," 
in which Zasu Pitts exclaims, "They 
cannot put lawyers In jail because if 
they did there wouldn't be any of 
them left." 

Hornblow Sets Fort to 
Script First Paramount 

Garrett Fort was signed yesterday 
by Paramount to write the screen play 
of the Broadway stage play "Pursuit 
of Happiness," which Arthur Horn- 
blow is supervising. The Schulberg- 
Feldman and Gurney office made the 

Fort, who is now In New York, will 
see the play today and leave Immedi- 
ately for Hollywood to begin work. 

'Wonder Bar' End Near 

Busby Berkeley hopes to wind up 
"Wonder Bar" Friday after having the 
picture on the stages for almost two 
months. Studio will rush the cutting 
on the Berkeley dance numbers aiming 
at the possibility of its going into the 
Chinese as the theatre's next attrac- 

\l\ ^°""8*' ''^'IT*!^"; Berk of Cineglow Coming 

Phi Fax/prtiham <;nn nf the tamous » W 

Phil Faversham, son of the famous 
William, gets his first real part in 
Warners' "Fur Coats." He is set for 
the juvenile lead. 

New York. — Ben Berk, general 
manager of Blue Seal Cineglow, leaves 
for the coast today. 


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Friday, Janiury 19, 1934 

• SO )ohn Zanft is going to be an 

We have known Zanft for twenty 
years. Worked for and with him for 
almost five years and the toughest 
five years we ever had in our life. 
He's a tough bird, that Zanft, and we 
learned a lot about the picture busi- 
ness from him, and thousands of oth- 
ers have him to thank for a great part 
of their picture knowledge. 

Zanft knows this picture business. 
He is a showman, he is an excellent 
executive. He has all the qualifica- 
tions for the making of a really great 
agent. And he will be that. And 
we hope that he will. This business 
owes him a lot. 

On our way back from New York, 
we stopped off a few hours in Chi- 
cago. We talked to several big ex- 
hibitors of that center and heard the 
same tale that is being told by every 
IMPORTANT exhibitor in every part 
of the country: "GIVE US A GOOD 
GREAT BUSINESS. Hand us a pro- 
gram attraction and we will play to 
less money than Is required to pay off 
our ushers." 

Whether it's Chicago, New York, 
Boston, Atlanta or Frisco, the demand 
for good pictures is greater at this 
time than ever in the history of the 
business because those good pictures 
will attract more ticket buyers than 
ever before. 

The public is wise to this business. 
They have learned to pick and choose. 
They know what to spend their money 
on in picture entertainment. And 
the wonder of it all is that producers 
are still trying to make quickies when 
quickies will not sell; they are trying 
to palm off duds backed by glowing 
exploitation campaigns, but they can't 
be sold; they WILL NOT realize that 
good pictures will make more money 
today than ever in the history of this 

What's to be done? How is it fX)s- 
sible to fire producers with the idea 
of making better pictures? Who can 
convince them that the average picture 
will not get to first base? 

What's to be done? 


Execs Alarmed As NRA Deputy 
Boasts of Broad Powers in 
Interviews to Eastern Press 

No Ifsor Buts 

New York. — Because of their 
determination to keep the RKO 
chain in the black, flat and abso- 
lute instructions have been given 
L. E. Thompson, operating head of 
the chain, to get rid of any opera- 
tion that continues to stay in the 

Radio Sees Bennett 
In 'Actress' Role 

Radio is negotiating with Constance 
Bennett to return to her one time 
home lot for the starring role in "I 
Love An Actress" with Gregory Rat- 
off, whose original story it is, playing 
the male lead. 

When Miss Bennett left Radio she 
verbally agreed to return to that stu- 
dio for one picture with Twentieth 
Century stamping their okey on the 

B. S. Moss' Brother 
N.Y. License Head 

New York. — Paul Moss, brother of 
the veteran picture and theatre man, 
B. S. Moss, was yesterday named to 
the important post of license commis- 
sioner of New York by Mayor La 

Moss was formerly active in the 
picture and legit fields. 

Lanfield To Meg Arliss 

Sidney Lanfield has been set by 
Twentieth Century to direct the next 
George Arliss picture titled "Head of 
the Family." Leonard Praskins is writ- 
ing the screen adaptation. 

Mannix-Selwyn Leave 

Eddie Mannix, accompanied by Ed- 
gar Selwyn, left last night for a visit 
to New York and a round of the cur- 
rent plays. 

On the heels of the many-paged questionnaires being received 
by studio executives. Deputy Administrator Sol Rosenblatt is- 
sued an interview in Washington just before leaving for the 
Coast that left local executives gasping yesterday. Full realiza- 
tion is now coming that they have a 
brand new boss whose activities are 
going to extend far beyond the pur- 
poses of the NRA even to the possi- 
bility of picture and personal censor- 

At least Administrator Rosenblatt 
feels that they will. In the interview 
(Continued on Page 7) 

Lilian Harvey-Fox 
At Parting of Ways 

Lilian Harvey and Fox were repKsrt- 
ed yesterday coming to the parting of 
the ways, with the player to do one 
more picture for Jesse L. Lasky and 
then hop off on the return trip to 

Lasky has launched a story hunt for 
the production. 

Dwan on 'Holly Party' 

Allan Dwan, recently returned from 
directorial activity in England, has 
been signed to direct the added scenes 
on Harry Rapf's MGM production of 
"Hollywood Party," which started as 
just a picture and grew to special cali- 

Pan Berman Back Sat. 

Pandro Berman, RKO producer, who 
has been vacationing in Europe, re- 
turns to town Saturday after a six 
weeks absence. 


Tapering off to three subjects in 
work from a high of nine three months 
ago, Warners will attempt to keep a 
smaller number of pictures steadily 
in work so as to eliminate the usual 
studio shutdown the end of spring. 

Studio has 1 8 features unreleased 

and in the cutting rooms. To date 

about two-thirds of the current year's 

program have been completed in the 

(Continued on Page 7) 

Para. May Hold Victor 
McLaglen for 'Vanities' 

Paramount is concluding a deal for 
Victor McLaglen to remain on that lot 
for another picture to play one of the 
top spots in "Murder in the Vanities," 
with Jack Oakie. 

McLaglen is now playing the lead 
in "The Man Who Broke His Heart" 
on that lot. 

Talk of RFC Money 
Brings Zukor Smile 

New York got a wild rumor yester- 
day that the Paramount company had 
secured a loan of five to six millions 
with which to carry out long cherished 
plans for a skyscraper on the Broad- 
way block front which houses the Cri- 
terion and Loew's New York, and thus 
straighten out present foreclosure en- 

Adolph Zukor, contacted by a Re- 
porter representative, smilingly said he 
would be very glad to say the story 
was true, but unfortunately nothing 
like it had even been thought of, much 
less put in motion. 

Roach Signs Eddie Foy jr. 

Hen'y Cinsburg, Roach general 
manager, yesterday signed Eddie Foy 
Jr. to a one picture deal with an op- 
tion for a long term contract. Foy 
will probably go into the next all-star 
comedy. Schulberg-Feldman and Gur- 
ney handle the player. 

Illness Starts Loew Home 

New York. — Arthur M. Loew, vice 
president of Loew's, is expected back 
in New York in about a month, can- 
celing his round the world trip be- 
cause of illness. 

20th Releases Cromwell 

Twentieth Century yesterday re- 
linquished its one-picture deal with 
John Cromwell, allowing Radio to take 
it over. Director is on a long-termer 
to Radio. 

'Christina' Into Chinese 

The deal was set yesterday for 
"Queen Christina," Garbo's latest, to 
go into the Chinese at the conclu- 
sion of the run of "Little Women." 

O'Heron Loses a Day 

Frank O'Heron, general manager for 
Radio, dropped out yesterday to nurse 
an injured leg. Expected at his desk 



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19, 1934 jl 

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It's a shame — what a certain male 
star in this town has to "go through" 
although very few would suspect it. 
The fellow is very attractive, gracious 
and probably a bit flirtatious. He's 
very gay and amusing too — when his 
wife isn't around. But she cramps his 
Style something awful because he 
knows that even though she sits 
quietly by at parties and things, while 
people make a fuss over him, that he 
will have to pace the floor until dawn 
when they get home, listening to her 
demands for explanations of his ac- 
tions, which for the most part require 
no explanation at all. She never makes 
a scene in public — but this actor (and 
still another that we can think of 
right now) has to pay for every jolly 
time — when he gets home! 

A star who has a positive genius 
for giving dull parties, gave another 
one recently. Most of the guests left 
early. She fidgeted around a while and 
finally said to the remaining two or 
three, "Do you suppose they had a 
good time? . . . They MUST have had 
a good time — we had such NICE 


When Jean Hersholt was in Europe, 
he shot about eight hundred feet of 
Knut Rasmussen, famous explorer, 
now dead. Hersholt has just had a 
request from the Danish government 
for his camera work on Rasmussen, 
because all the country has as a pic- 
torial record of him is a newsreel shot 
or two. If Jean sends over his foot- 
age, he'll probably get an embroider- 
ed gold medal or something. 

And did ya hear about the impor- 
tant supervisor on a major lot who 
called all the company and staff on 
one of his pictures into the front of- 
fice yesterday, with a very portentous 
summons? And then, just as they 
were shivering in their collective 
boots over the expected call -down for 
something or other, the supervisor 
reached in his desk, brought forth a 
package and said: "Now here's a fur 
piece that is worth every cent of five 
hundred dollars. How much am 1 


Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer prod.; director, Richard Boleslavsky; writers, Ferdinand 
Reyher, Frank Wead, Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich and George B. Seitz. 

Capitol Theatre 

Mirror: The film is splendidly produced, with realistic settings and convincing 
costumes. The intricate plot is developed with extraordinary skill. Wildly 
active and spectacularly thrilling, "Fugitive Lovers" is an unusually ex- 
citing action film. 

American: it's entertainment all the way from coast to coast with a capable 
cast of troupers endowing it with both dramatic and comic factions in 
well-balanced quantities. 

News: The screen entertainment that the Capitol Theatre is offering this week 
should satisfy all grown-up moviegoers. It is good modern melodrama 
filled with suspense, humor and romance and is set against a unique back- 
ground. Toward the close of the film some of the scenes go overly senti- 
mental, but regardless of its defects "Fugitive Lovers" remains acceptable 

Herald-Tribwne: "Fugitive Lovers" is a lively and melodramatic adventure that 
suffers considerably from the fact that it never manages to make much 
sense. "Fugitive Lovers" is not my idea of impressive drama. 

Times: Richard Boleslavsky, the director, keeps this melange of fun and ruddy 
drama moving swiftly, with many an ingenious turn and convenient coin- 
cidence. Mr. Montgomery does well by the part of Porter, and Miss 
Evans is spontaneous and captivating as Letty. 

Sun: While it is really finely produced and atmospherically interesting it is, for 
some reason, a bit dull. Maybe what all movie buses, as well as all movie 
trains, need is — Marlene Dietrich of "Shanghai Express." 

lournal: Smartly directed by Richard Boleslavsky, the picture sets and sustains 
a brisk tempo. And besides Miss Evans and Montgomery, who are ex- 
cellent in their roles, the supporting cast includes C. Henry Gordon, Ted 
Healy and Nat Pendleton. It's good fun. 

Post: Despite the fact that the story has some highly implausible touches and 
that the humor is not up to a very high level, these lapses are compen- 
sated for in the brisk pace which Director Boleslavsky and his actors have 
managed to inject into it. 

World-Telegram: Several ideas get started, but in the end the whole thing 
seems a bit pointless in spite of the spirited attempt by the authors and 
director to squeeze every ounce of excitement and humor out of a trans- 
continental bus load of totally dissimilar and unrelated characters. 


RKO-Radio prod.; director, J. Walter Ruben; writers, Ainsworth Morgan, 

Howard j. Green. 
Music Hall 

lournal: The film was well produced, and in the early sequences native dialogue 
is translated by means of subtitles. While the story doesn't give Mr. 
Lederer much opportunity to display the charming personality that was so 
widely acclaimed in "Autumn Crocus," it will be interesting to see what 
he does with his next picture. 

News: It is too bad that Francis Lederer chose to represent himself as an 
Eskimo in his first American-made moving picture. Elissa Landi plays 
the role of the English girl mechanically, but the other members of the 
cast perform creditably. I hope Lederer makes a more felicitous selec- 
tion for his next screen role. 

Post: Mr. Lederer, who makes his screen debut in this picture, should have no 
trouble hereafter in establishing himself as one of the major box office 
attractions in Hollywood. 

Sun: Unfortunately, it isn't half as effective as the recent "Eskimo," which it 
resembles in its early reels. In short, it deserves some sort of attention 
only on the grounds that another potential movie star makes his bow — 
without slipping and falling more than once or twice. 

American: Despite the strange selection of a vehicle, Mr. Lederer is disclosed 
upon the Music Hall screen as the possessor of both talent and person- 
ality, which may be projected in film. Thus, while the occasion is some- 
thing short of a triumph, there is much promise for the future. 

World-Telegram: That Mr. Lederer is a good actor no one will deny. Nor 
will any one deny the power of his charming smile and personality and the 
illusive, captivating way he has with him on the stage and screen. These 
qualities are, obviously, the things that go to make a successful screen 
idol, which I have no doubt he will be. But not, I imagine, until he 
exercises a little more discretion in the choice of his screen material. 

Herald-Tribune: So skillful is the young actor in his playing and so disarming 
is his straightforward mannerism that a part which might easily have be- 
come too whimsical for comfort ends up by being curiously real and sur- 
prisingly touching. 

Times: There are many well-developed bits of comedy, and if some of it is not 
precisely new it is so well acted by Mr. Lederer that it tickled the risibles 
of the audience yesterday afternoon. In fact, the spectators applauded 
the film after its final fadeout. 

Mirror: Broadway's most exciting matinee idol, Francis Lederer, attempts to 
hurdle the obstacle of a daffy story in making his debut as a hero of the 
screen. Engaging and picturesque though he is, he fails at the attempt. 

Russell Mack Gets 
Next Dressier Pic 

Russell Mack has been assigned to 
direct "Tish," the Marie Dressier star- 
ring vehicle, for the Irving Thalberg 
unit at MGM. 

James K. McGuinness is writing the 
screen play of the yarn. 

Lionel Barrymore Leaves 
Sunday For Personals 

Lionel Barrymore leaves Sunday for 
the east to begin a personal appear- 
ance tour. He will open in Baltimore 
on February 2 for one week and the 
Capitol in New York on February 9. ; 
Other engagements are now being ar- , 
ranged. His sketch will consist of a \ 
scene from "The Copperhead," his ' 
favorite play. Edgar Allan Woolf ; 
wrote the material. 

Seiter's Next 'Blarney' 

William Seiter has been assigned 
to direct "Blarney Smith," the Gin- 
ger Rogers-William Gargan co-starring 
vehicle, which Lou Brock will produce 
for Radio. 

Tommy Shugrue Dies 

Tommy Shugrue died late Wednes- 
day night after a prolonged illness. 
He had been an electrician in the pub- 
licity still department at MGM for 
several years. 

Kath. DeMille at Para. 

Katherine DeMille has been signed 
by Paramount for a featured role in 
"Trumpet Blows," which is being di- 
rected by Stephen Roberts. 

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Script and Dialogue 
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Directed by Marion Caring 

Original by William R. Lipman 

Screen Play by: William R. Lipman, 
Vincent Lawrence, Frank Partes, 
Sam Hellman. 

Photographed by Leon Shamroy 

Cast: Sylvia Sidney, Fredric March, 
Jack LaRue, Noel Frances, Russell 
Hopton, Bradley Page, Guy Ush- 
er, Kathleen Burke, Joseph J. 
Franz, Miami Alvarez, Walter 
Brennan, John Marston, James 
Crane, William Farnum, Patricia 
Farley, Florence Dudley, Jil Den- 
nett, Erin LaBissoniere, Ernest S. 
Adams, Dewey Robinson. 
"Good Dame" will take its place 
alongside some of the best contribu- 
tions B. P. Schuiberg has made to the 
business in his long career. 

It does Sylvia Sidney proud, a 
bobbed-hair Sylvia on this occasion in 
a role calculated to enrich her stand- 
ing as one of the first ladies of the 
screen. Sharing equally with her in 
a particularly difficult assignment, 
Fredric March comes off neatly as 
the ignorantiy super-wise three-card 
monte guy of the traveling carnival. 

The picture is genuine, and with a 
wealth of exciting color. Briefly, the 
story describes Sylvia Sidney as a 
stranded chorus girl who fails in with 
a carnival and is helped out of scrape 
after scrape by Fredric March. Sylvia 
is a girl of principle, clean and de- 
cent. The girls March has known 
were not. Circumstances, of their own 
unwitting making, throw them togeth- 
er, and as they are carried through a 
hectic series of misfortunes they 
eventually find each other. 

Instead of his giving up the sordid 
carnival life, Sylvia comes around to 
his way of living and both are destined 
for that existence as the picture ends. 
This is but one of many story touches 
that light the unfolding of the yarn. 
In one spot, however, it is tar- 
nished. And that spot is in the unbe- 
lievable court room scenes where both 
confess their love for each other. It is 
the one synthetic moment in an other- 
wise perfectly sterling story. It is un- 
necessary and will, likely, be rem- 

William R. Lipman wrote the story 
and next to him comes Sam Hellman, 
whose dialogue is flavored distinctly 
with originality. Vincent Lawrence 
and Frank Partos also get credit for 
story work. 

Marion Cering's direction is obvi- 
ously affected and "arty" at mo- 
ments, but he may be forgiven for the 
excellence of his work in general. 
Leon Shamroy's photography is a les- 
son in that art. 

Subordinate cast bouquets go up 
and down the line. It is a hopeless 
task to single out individual perform- 
ances when all contribute so effec- 

The exhibitor has a natural exploi- 
tation bet in carnival background of 
"Good Dame" and plenty to back it 
ijp. Sell them on coming i^najid. the 
picture will sell itself. 

Taxpayers' Money 

One animating company in town 
received eight copies of Uncle 
Sam's famous questionnaire yes- 
terday. If they had received a few 
more they'd have one for every 

In L.A. Exchange 

New York. — -The Gaumont-British 
Company of America will open distri- 
bution offices in the Los Angeles ter- 
ritory in charge of George Weeks. 
The latter was years ago sales mana- 
ger for Paramount, more recently with 
Mayfair Pictures. 

Among the subjects to be handled 
from the exchange are "Waltz Time," 
"The Ghost Train," "Love in Mo- 
rocco," "There Goes the Bride," 
"Night and Day" and "The Ghoul." 
Latter picture stars Boris Karloff. 

MCM Snags Wadsworth 
For Long Term Cont-ract- 

Negotiations that have been hang- 
ing fire for more than a month were 
climaxed yesterday when MCM placed 
Henry Wadsworth under a long-term 
ticket, five years with yearly options. 

Al Kingston handled the trick, pol- 
ishing it off after the studio execs 
got a glance of the player in "A Big 
Day," the former "It Happened One 

Bassler Promoted to 

Julian Johnson Aid 

Completing his work as film editor 
on "Carolina," Robert Bassler becomes 
assistant to Julian Johnson, Fox story 
editor, filling the spot formerly held 
by John Mock. Nan Blair, who was 
announced for the position a short 
time ago, is in the Fox story depart- 
ment on a special assignment. 

Rogers Toasts Harry Carr 

Will Rogers will be toastmaster at 
a dinner tendered Harry Carr of the 
Los Angeles Times at the Writers' 
Club Thursday, January 25. John 
Goodrich is in charge of the arrange- 

Montgomery Returning 

New York.- — Douglass Montgomery 
leaves for the coast Saturday and the 
expectation is his first role will be 
in Universal's production of "Little 
Man, What Now?" with Frank Bor- 
zage directing. 

Bancroft On Way Here 

New York. — George Bancroft left 
for the coast Wednesday night with- 
out reporting any success in his search 
for a play with which to hit the New 
York stage next season. 

Eskimo' at 4-Star Theatre 

MGM's Hunt Stromberg production 
"Eskimo" is booked in for an indefi- 
nite stay' at the Four Star Theatre, 
opening January 26. 


Leslie Howard 

Turns Producer 

After seeing the Marquis de la Fa- 
laise's "Legong" and other similar 
pictures, Leslie Howard has decided to 
produce a travelogue in America to be 
titled "America Through an English- 
man's Eye." The actor has written the 
story and plans to photograph such 
picturesque places as the national 
parks, and the desert through Arizona. 
Howard plans to appear in the series 

The travelogue is being made main- 
ly for distribution in England and for- 
eign countries, but will also be releas- 
ed in America. Howard at present is 
shooting scenes in Palm Springs and 

Radio Plans Sequel 
To 'Lost Patror 

Radio execs are so sure of the suc- 
cess of "Lost Patrol" that a follow up 
on the picture is now in preparation 
in the story "Fugitive From Glory." 
The studio is figuring on Victor Mc- 
Laglen to head the cast again with 
John Ford handling the direction. 

The studio has several thousand 
feet of film which was shot by Ernest 
Schoedsack in Arabia, which they plan 
to utilize in this picture. 

Maude Eburne Steps into 
May Robson MCM Part 

Maude Eburne and Warner Oland 
were signed by MGM for featured 
spots in "In Old Louisiana." Miss 
Eburne will have the role originally 
assigned to May Robson. Production 
will start Monday under the direction 
of George Seitz, with Jean Parker, 
Robert Young, Lupe Velez and Ted 
Healy in the top spots. 

Start Next Carbo Feb. 15 

Dates were set yesterday at MGM 
for starting two of the most impor- 
tant pictures on the company's sched- 
ule. "The Painted Veil," next Carbc, 
gets under way February 1 5. "Opera- 
tor 13," with Raoul Walsh directing 
and Marion Davies starred, on Jan. 25. 

Here Seeking Players 

New York.— H. R. Ullman, of the 
legit producing firm of Harmon and 
Ullman, reaches Los Angeles today to 
look around for stars to play in the 
forthcoming stage production of 
"Waltz in Fire," and to confer with 
its author, David Hertz. 

Radio Borrows Foster 

Norman Foster was borrowed from 
Fox on a one-picture deal to play the 
juvenile lead in the jimmy Durante 
starring vehicle "Strictly Dynamite" 
for Radio. Eliott Nugent will direct. 
H. N. Swanson is the associate pro- 

Al Alt to New York 

New York. — Al Alt arrives in New 
Yoi:^ Friday to arrange distribution for 
twelve independent features. 

As an item in the changing order, 
there is the picture of New York's 
new mayor, Fiorella LaCuardia, looking 
tired as he sat in his street clothes, 
slouching in a side balcony seat at the 
distinguished corKert that welcomed 
beloved Toscanini back to the Car- 
negie Music Hall. . . . But it does 
nothing to efface the memory of 
Mayor Jimmy Walker, only a few 
years back, impatiently practicing a 
little soft shoe dancing with Irene 
Deiroy, Betty Compton, Billy Seaman 
and a few of the boys in a Greenwich 
Village studio while one of the town's 
fire engines, bells clanging and sirens 
shrieking, roared down Sixth Avenue 
to relieve their pressing attack of 
thirst by a rush delivery of a coupla 
cases of champagne. 

More change: the internationally- 
minded hotels like the Waldorf-As- 
toria, the Ritz and the Pierre, that 
once practically paid Ina Claire to lin- 
ger a while and charged Salvation 
Army prices to you Hollywood riff- 
raff, are getting top prices and are 
filled to the ears with those rich 
French, those rich Germans and those 
rich English, over here to take advan- 
tage of you poor Americans and your 
depreciated currency. . . . The But- 
lers' Ball turned out to be a vague 
kind of success. It made a lot of 
money for charity. No one was there 
who looked even remotely like Halli- 
well Hobbes, which makes a liar out 
of the movies, again. It left the Ad- 
mirable Crichton exactly where it 
found him, since with the exception 
of a few names and a few fronts, most 
of the 3000 who attended were either 
second floor maids or outer fringe so- 
ciety. They could be told apart, at 
least within a range of six feet. 


The motion picture tradition is 
treated with irreverence — yes, again 
— in the suggestion made by Henry 
Mencken to Sinclair Lewis and Lloyd 
Lewis for their Civil War play. In- 
stead of the Northern spy in love with 
the Southern girl, the Baltimore sage 
proposes a Southern spy in love with a 
Northern girl. It can't fail, Mr. Menc- 
ken promises. . . . Dashiell Hammett 
letting Thyra Sampter Winslow's new 
puppy use his nose for a teething ring. 
. . . You might be lucky, playing ping 
pong at the table in the center of the 
Algonquin's dining room. Your ball 
might bounce into Fannie Hurst's clam 
chowder and then look at you. . . The 
retired 10c a dance boys have taken 
up positions as partners in the corner 
pmg pong parlors. ... It is not true 
that Reliance is using a Photomaton 
for stills. 

Mary Nash Coming Out 

For Try at Pictures 

Mary Nash, one of Broadway's mar- 
quee names, is to leave for Holly- 
wood, arriving early next week. The 
Small-Landau office is bringing her to 
town for pictures. Agency has sev- 
eral irons in the fire for her and is 
also cooking up a deal for Norma Ter- 
ris, whom they have placed under 
their wing. 











''Cleason And Pals 
And Director Top 

"... Gleason and Armstrong made a 
swell comedy team. They have good 
gags, good business, and they make 
the most of it. . . . " 

— Hollywood Reporter, Jan. 8. 


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D A 

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directed by Erie C* Kenton 
A Paramount Production 


"IDA LUPINO shows what she had to make her- 
self a musical comedy star in England" 

— Hollywood Reporter 






directed by ERLE C KENTON/ 

"Gertrude Michael is funny as the 
brains of the Cleason -Armstrong 
team." — Hollywood Reporter, Jan. 
8. 1934. 







Just Finished 




Now Photographing 



All Paramount Productions 






There's not a kid in the country 
w+io vsran't go for this picture, and 
their parents will probably trot right 
along with them. It is built by and 
for the American youth, especially 
those who are crazy about athletics. 
It is young, innocent, full of high 
ideals and sugar-coated advice that, 
inasmuch as it is humorously and dra- 
matically presented, is not hard to take. 
— Hollywood Reporter. 
January 8. 1934. 

Page Six 


Ian. 19. 1934 


Hollywood, California. 
Dear Mr. Wiikerson: 

Your editorials on the movie studio 
situations are a daily treat to us at the 
studio, whether or not we may be in 
a position to agree with you and I 
have a great respect for your opinion 
and knowledge of the inner conditions 
and problems of the film industry and 
am writing to ask your opinion on a 
matter very close to my heart, aside 
from the financial interest. 

While I am no longer a "script 
girl," I am only a few steps higher in 
the wage scale and needless to say 
that is pitifully small compared to the 
work required and the knowledge nec- 
essary to enable it to be done cor- 

Script girls are selected because of 
their college education or its equiva- 
lent and most of the girls hired are 
college graduates. We must be well 
dressed, passably good-looking, effi- 
cient in training and tactful in man- 
ner; be able to work for eccentric, 
temperamental writers of all sorts and 
kinds, be able to discuss their work 
intelligently with them, give helpful 
suggestions when asked and reserve 
our opinions when not asked, be a 
helpful critic when necessary, repair 
their grammatical errors and faulty 
construction without interrupting their 
"train of thought," be an efficient 
secretary in all business offices on the 
lot, know all the "important" people 
by name and sight and be able to give 
all the right answers, which is a diplo- 
mat's job at times; in other words, be 
able to hold down a dozen different 
jobs at once, all for the princely sal- 
ary of $20 per week. 

If a script girl is "good" and can 
stand up under the strain of long 
hours, 18 to 14 hrs. per day), hard 
work, rush and nerve-wracking con- 
ditions, she may get a two dollar raise, 
then again after working a few years 
out of the department, she may work 
up to $28 a week, always in the hopes 
of something better coming up. 

The inconsistency of good stenog- 
raphers and secretaries being paid 
such small sums of money over such 
a long period of time, working with 
writers, actors and actresses, all mak- 
ing fabulous amounts — that a small 
part of it could not be added to the 
weekly pay check of the employes 
who work so hard to make possible 
the scripts that bring the finished 
product before the public and fill the 
box offices with the money that is in 
turn paid in such fabulous salaries to 
the artists and executives, whose 
cooks, maids and butlers get more 
than the employees working with 
them shoulder to shoulder in the stu- 
dio, making possible their very living! 

Of course there is a depression — 
we are quite well aware of it, but 
with the exception of the lowly paid 
employees around the lot and the ex- 
tras, have seen no evidence of it in 
the film industry. I think a more even 
spread among the employees would be 
amply rewarded by renewed hope, 
loyalty and effort. Most of the em- 
ployees are supporting, not only them- 
selves, but in some cases, large fam- 
ilies who otherwise would be on char- 
ity. It is a back-breaking job as well 
as a heart-breaking one, and seem- 

ingly a thankless one in so far as re- 
muneration is concerned. 

I am not a habitual fault-finder. I 
love the work and only desire fair play 
for others as well as for myself. We 
work very hard to make the pictures 
a success from the ground-work up 
and our opinions, if used, would be of 
material benefit to those higher up> — 
but it would be a breach of some- 
thing-or-other for them to ask it. 

I also happen to be one of the un- 
fortunates who is compelled to sup- 
port others besides myself and $28 
does not go far and I must have a job. 
I have no "pull" inside the studio and 
what little I have gained has been on 
my own merits and I feel that your 
opinion of the financial reward ac- 
corded us in this department of the 
industry, if made public, would go far 
toward influencing the "powers that 
be," for they are afraid of your criti- 
cisms — the truth hurts — and their 
"Napoleonic" characteristics are only 

Thank you. 


Still Another Georgia 
Suit Over Xhain Gang' 

Atlanta. — Vivian Stanley, of the 
Georgia Prison Commission, has 
brought another action against the 
producers and exhibitors of "I Am A 
Fugitive From a Chain Gang." This 
action Is for $100,000 damages, 
claiming the picture defamed his 
character and reputation. Similar ac- 
tion has already been brought by vari- 
ous chain gana wardens who had cus- 
tody of Robert Elliott Burns while he 
was a convict. 

Waggner on Mono. Script 

Monogram yesterday signed George 
Waggner to script "City Limits," a 
novel by Jack Woodard which the 
studio purchased recently. Picture 
will be the next Ray Walker vehicle 
scheduled to start early in February 
and shoving "The Loud Speaker" back 
to later in the month. 

^Convention City' Hits 

"Convention City," finishing today 
at Warners' local first run spots, has 
topped all grosses to date since "Foot- 
light Parade" at the houses. Last 
attraction there also proved a winner, 
but "Convention City" is showing a 
greater box office sale. 

McCloud To Take Bride 

Fraser McCloud of the Warner pub- 
licrty staff will marry Ann Robinson 
of Tennessee by the end of the week. 
Studio is trying to figure out a way 
to perform the marriage so as to get 
the maximum of publicity. 

U' Seeks Lugosi 

Bela Lugosi is being sought by Uni- 
versal for a role in "The Black Cat," 
to be directed by Edgar Ullmer, with 
Boris Karloff starred. 

'Sister Carrie' in Demand 

Interest in Theodore Dreiser's "Sis- 
ter Carrie" has been revived and both 
MCM and Radio are in the field for 
the property. 

May Use Color For 
'Chu Chin Chow' 

New York. — "Chu Chin Chow" 
will be done in color if a suitable 
process can be secured in England, 
states Arthur E. Lee, vice-president of 
Gaumont British Picture Corporation 
of America. This picture will be made 
at the Shepherd's Bush Studios of 
Gaumont British, produced by Walter 
Fordc, and starring Anna May Wong. 

'House of Doom' Starts 
At Mono. Next Week 

Revising the schedule for the third 
time in as many days. Monogram yes- 
terday announced that it will start 
"The House of Doom," a play by 
Adam Hull Shirk, next week, shoving 
"Numbers of Monte Carlo" back on 
the schedule. William Nigh directs 
from the Albert DeMonde script and 
Paul Malvern supervises. Studio was 
to have started "The Loud Speaker" 
today, but has now scheduled that for 
the end of February. 

U' in Deal for 'Night Cap' 

Depending on negotiations with Guy 
Bolton for the dialogue rights to 
"Night Cap," Universal is working out 
a deal with Max Marcin, play's co- 
author, to join the company to write 
and direct it. Eph Asher is slated to 
supervise the murder mystery. 

Col. Has Gargan in Mind 

Columbia is planning to shape "Hell 
Cat," which Al Rogell is producing, 
into a William Gargan vehicle and will 
register a bid with Radio for the loan 
of the player within the next few 

'Comicolors' Sold Abroad 

Eleven more countries have been 
closed for Ub Iwerks' series of "Comi- 
color" cartoons by Charles Giegerich, 
general sales manager for Celebrity 
Pictures, distributor of the series. 

Para. Sets Marsh's Two 

"You're Telling Me" and "Murder 
at the Vanities" are lined up as the 
two first pictures for Joan Marsh on 
her new long term pact with Para- 

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Lift Agents' Clients 

A new wrinkle among the agents 
has them engaging special people to 
handle the raiding of other agents* 

Two offices have already engaged 
the "raiding experts" and claim the 
results are excellent. The specialty 
men (one is a woman) shoulder all 
responsibility for snatching clients 
away from rival managers, the pay- 
off having their employers denying 
they are raiding other agents by dis- 
claiming responsibility for the under- 
cover employees. 

Vollmer Talks to Hays Off. 

Joe Breen and Dr. Wingate of the 
Hays office have had August Vollmer, 
emininet criminologist, conferring with 
them the past two days on crime an- 
gles in pictures. 

Breezy Directs for Mascot « 

Nat Levine has signed Breezy Eason 
to write and direct Mascot serials. 
Director just finished "Strictly Confi- 
dential" for Fanchon Royer. Eason 
moves over to Mascot Monday. 

Jan. 19, 1934 

Page Seven 

'Rosy' Dazes Industry 

(Continued fronn Page 1 ) 

as published in the Washington Times 
Rosenblatt said that the code gave him 
power "to inquire into Hollywood's 
morals as well as its ethics." He was 
quoted further as follows: 

"I hope to devise a feasible plan 
whereby all responsible organizations 
interested in the welfare of the mo- 
tion picture industry will have a voice 
and be an advisory factor in produc- 
tion. That includes, of course, such 
organizations as the Federal Council of 
Churches and Christian America and 
the International Federation of Catho- 
lic Alumnae." 

Picture executives were ready to 
talk, but not willing to be quoted. No 
one individual wants to be the goat to 
drawn down Rosenblatt's ire. But they 
were unanimous in declaring that un- 
less something is done to present a 
united front in opposition, the indus- 
try will soon be functioning complete- 
ly under Governmental regulation, not 
only in its financial set-up but in the 
type of pictures it will be allowed to 

One executive was outspoken in his 
statement that the situation showed 
the need for the old vigorous united 
Academy to present a solid front and 
bring the industry out of the peril. 

Pending the arrival of Will Hays 
from the East no one at the local Pro- 
ducers' office would comment on the 
inclusion of the Federal Churches and 
the Catholic Alumnae under Rosen- 
blatt's wing, after these organizations 
have been working in close coopera- 
tion with Hays for several years. 

Indication that President Roosevelt 
is personally backing Rosenblatt in his 
broad claims and expectations is seen 
in the news from Washington yester- 
day that "Morris Legendre has been 
appointed assistant and technical ad- 
visor to Rosenblatt on his Hollywood 

The Washington dispatch said, "He 
is a newcomer here but is said to know 
his movies." 

Inquiry in Hollywood failed to dis- 
close anyone, even among veterans, 
who knew of a Morris Legendre ever 
connected with the picture industry. 
But the investigation did turn up a 
"Maurice Legendre" who was here 
some months ago for a visit as a guest 
of Gary Cooper. 

Maurice Legendre is a wealthy New 
Orleans sportsman and political figure, 
and a close personal friend of the 
President. For some time past he has 

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Sirovich Carries 
Fight to Johnson 

Washington. — Congressman Siro- 
vich is still gunning for the movies. 
He had a long telepone conference 
with General Johnson in New York 
last night pointing out how the copy- 
right legislation enables the perpetu- 
ation of block booking and asking the 
General's aid in moves to amend copy- 
right laws. 

The General said that he would 
have Rosenblatt confer with Sirovich, 
and if conditions were as stated the 
copyright laws should be amended. 
That is, Sirovich says he said that. 

Dick Rosson Gets Break 
On 'West Point of Air' 

Richard Rosson, former silent pic- 
ture director and more recently as- 
sistant director at MGM, was signed 
by MGM yesterday on a one-picture 
deal to direct "West Point of the 
Air." This is Rosson's first real break 
in the talkies. The William Hawks 
office made the deal. 

MGM will co-star Wallace Beery 
and Robert Montgomery in this pic- 

Lowell in 'Doll House' 

Helen Lowell's second picture on 
her two-picture deal with Warners 
will be "The Old Doll House," a story 
by Damon Runyon, which Ralph Block 
and Doris Malloy are scripting. Miss 
Lowell was brought out here from the 
New York stage and is how working 
in "Fur Coats" at the studio. 

Trade Show Hi Nellie' 

Warners will trade show "Hi, Nel- 
lie!" for Southern California exhibi- 
tors at the Boulevard Theatre next 
Tuesday, January 23. Picture is the 
Paul Muni vehicle which Al Green di- 

MGM Can't Have Holmes 

The second attempt of MGM to se- 
cure Ben Holmes from Radio on a di- 
recting loanout was unsuccessful. The 
turndown was due to assignment of 
Holmes to direct the Wheeler and 
Woolsey picture. 

been serving President Roosevelt in 
Washington as a sort of "dollar a 
year" man in confidential capacities. 
If it is the same Legendre it means 
that the President's hand is person- 
ally guiding Rosenblatt's statements 
and actions. 


"They can't take it any more," 
sighed the waiter at Universal who 
has done impersonations of studio 
execs at the Laemmie birthday 
party for the past five years, after 
spending Tuesday night waiting for 
this year's invitation which never 

Hoffman Gets Cash 
To Release Wilson 

To secure the release of Charles 
Wilson from M. H. Hoffman, with 
whom the player was signed for "Take 
the Stand," cost the player's agent 
$75 yesterday, indie producer settling 
for that sum after demanding $175, 
claiming that it would cost him that 
much to replace Wilson. 

Player asked for his release to com- 
ply with a deal set by Warners for 
"Golden Gate," Kingston signing him 
for spot when Warners claimed prior 
rights. Hoffman, however, insisted on 
the $175 settlement, finally coming 
down to $75 and settling the issue. 

'Golden Gate' Starts Today 

With Wilhelm Dieterle back from 
San Francisco, Warners put "Golden 
Gate" into production today with Pat 
O'Brien, Bette Davis, Margaret Lind- 
say and Lyie Talbot in the top spots. 
Company will shoot at the Burbank 
plant today and tomorrow, then leave 
for a week's location in San Fran- 

Tidden Set in New Spot 

Fritz Tidden, story associate with 
Al Kingston for a number of months, 
has become affiliated with Hoffman, 
Schlager, Inc., in a like capacity. Tid- 
den retains his personal clients, in- 
cluding the Hollywood representation 
of Jean Wick, New York literary 

Night Flight' Honored 

The French Air Ministry has asked 
MGM for a print of "Night Flight," 
which was directed by Clarence Brown, 
for its historical records, as it is a 
true phase of French aviation. 

'Villa' Closed Last Night 

"Viva Villa," the David Selznick- 
MGM picture, reported finished a few 
days ago, really folded up completely 
and finally last night. 


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Radio's Music Hall 

New York. — Prospects of the Met- 
ropolitan Opera House moving to the 
Radio City Music Hall next season are 
read into the news today that David 
Sarnoff, Radio chieftain, had been 
elected a director of the Metrop)oli- 
tan Opera Association. 

Under this set-up the RKO Center 
theatre would be the sole home of 
pictures in the Rockefeller buildings. 

'U' Basketball Winner 

Universal's basketball five triumph- 
ed over the Bank of America team 
easily last night by a 63-46 score. 
The studio Execs Team, with Junior 
Laemmie and Eddie Grainger, one- 
time Fordham star, showing the way, 
beat the Editorial Team, 46 to 24. 

MGM Closes for 'Kim' 

Newji^rk. — MGM has finally clos- 
ed>He deals for "Kim" and "Captains 
,ourageous." Clare Kummer is also 
preparing to take up her assignment 
on the Elmer Harris play, "Unhappily 

Warners To Keep Going 

(Continued from Page 1 ) 

six months sine* the studio reopened 
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the 1 5-day schedule now in use at 
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Pictures now at work are "Hot 
Air," "Hit Me Again" and "Fur 
Coats." The specials getting into pro- 
duction in the next month or so are 
"Dames," a Ruby Keeler and Dick 
Powell musical; "British Agent," with 
Leslie Howard; "The Key," Kay Fran- 
cis and William Powell, and probably 
"Madame DuBarry," another Kay 
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•THIS questionnaire that NRA has 
caused to be sent to executives and 
other big salaried people in the mo- 
tion picture business is one of the 
funniest things we have ever read and 
we can't understand how any Govern- 
ment could feel that it has the right 
to pry into the privacy of the business 
life of any individual to the extent 
being attempted. It's a scream. If 
you have not read it, grab yourself a 

Why must almost every person and 
organization, clothed with some little 
authority, meddle in the affairs of this 
business? Why don't they do the 
same meddhVig in other industries? 
Why continually, day in and day out, 
pick on motion pictures? 

We acknowledge that there are a 
lot of questions we would like to see 
answered, which answered correctly 
and honestly, would do a lot to help 
this business. But who is there to be- 
lieve that those questions will be giv- 
en the right answers? It's a cinch 
they won't. 


The whole thing, this prying into 
our affairs, will only serve to slow up 
everything, to stop the progress of 
making pictures (good or bad), and 
no good will come out of it. The 
banks back in New York tried it, they 
sent their efficiency men out here to 
ask those questions and look into the 
inner chambers, but they did not get 
the right answer and their work had 
plenty to do with wrecking the busi- 
ness. Also, there was a greater pen- 
alty held out then than the Govern- 
ment could wield now or at any other 

So why the meddling? 

It would be a great thing for Rosen- 
blatt and General Johnson, if they 
would REALLY TRY to do something 
to help this business — it needs help. 
All these Government restrictions are 
rK)t going to do any good, will not 
help. So what? 

We can tell Mr. Rosenblatt that he 
will not get the right answers and a 
lot of them he should not get; it's no 
business of his or the good cause that 
the NRA is supposed to represent. 

Warners in Black 

New York. — Warners report a 
net profit of $105,852 for the 13 
weeks ended November 25, the 
first quarter to show profit since 
1930. This net excludes a profit 
of $655,262 on redemption of 

MOM Tells Harlow 
She Can Sit It Out 

MGM has no intention of going any 
further on their offers to Jean Harlow 
and have told her to sit it out as long 
as she wishes and the longer she sits 
the less valuable she becomes for a 
renewal of negotiations. 

Harlow has a contract that still has 
almost four years to run at a salary of 
$1,500 a week. When she made her 
demands for more dough the studio 
met it with an offer of $1,000 a 
week increase, giving the platinum star 
$2,500 each Wednesday. She refus- 
ed saying that she would not come 
back until her ticket read $5,000 

Harry Warner Arrives 

Harry Warner arrives in Wilmington 
this morning on the California for a 
routine visit to the Warner studio. 
The head of the motion picture fam- 
ily is accompanied by a party which 
includes Joseph Bernhard of the War- 
ner theatre department. 

New Writer Body Forming 

A group of screen writers dissatis- 
fied-w^th the proceedings at the Screen 
"Writers' Guild are forming a minority 
group. Idea originated from the meet- 
ing held last Monday night. 

Sally Blane Foot-Loose 

Darryl Zanuck has allowed Twenti- 
eth Century's option on Sally Blane's 
termer to slip by and the player re- 
enters the free lance field. 

Anticipated Production Boom 
Dies As Exchanges and Exhibs 
Fail To Return Needed Cash 

The slump in picture theatre business that hit the industry 
in October, continued through to the end of the year, and hasn't 
lifted yet, is showing its effects on the major studios, which are 
practically all now on a basis of "cash and carry," that is, when 

the money comes in from the thea- 

Smith Files Charges 

tres the pictures can be made. 

Last month Hollywood studios col- 
lectively announced fifty pictures to 
start in January. Even discounting the 
usual over-expectations, it is startling 
to find that two-thirds of the month 
is past with only fourteen new fea- 
tures started at major plants. 

The situation accentuates the prob- 
lem that picture producers face to- 
day. The day is past when it was 

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New Cayor-Farrell 
To Be Norris Novo! 

The Kathleen Norris novel, "Man- 
hattan Love Song," is scheduled to 
be the first co-starring vehicle for the 
Janet Gaynor-Charles Farrell reunion 
at Fox. 

The studio plans to bring the team 
back to the public in this yarn as 
strong as it introduced them to the 
public years ago with "Seventh Hea- 

Roxy's Daughter Here 

Beta Bijou, daughter of S. L. 
(Roxy) Rothafel, has arrived in Hol- 
lywood and is planning on a swing at 
pictures as an actress. 

Lou Diamond Coming 

New York. — Lou Diamond is ready 
to leave for the coast next week to 
arrive there February 1 . 


New York. — Business in all the first 
run houses here took a bit of a lick- 
ing this week. The Music Hall did a 
beautiful nose dive with Radio's "Man 
of Two Worlds" that had nothing bet- 
ter than Francis Lederer to interest 
the customers. The house did a top 
of $61,000, which is quite a bit dif- 
( Continued on Page 2) 

4 Monthsfor Henry Vlir 

London.- — "Henry the Eighth" will 
round its run out here at the four- 
month period, after sensational busi- 
ness. It will be followed at the Lei- 
cester Square by " I Cover the Water- 
front," with "Catherine the Great" 
scheduled to go in after that. 

To Right and Left 

Harold Smith, business representa- 
tive of the lATSE sound local, is fil- 
ing similar charges against the motion 
picture producers association, individ- 
ually and collectively, with Charles H. 
Cunningham, new NRA District Com- 
pliance Director, as he lodged with 
the Los Angeles Regional Labor Board 
earlier in the week. 

Producers are charged with disre- 
garding the 40-hour maximum week 
for soundmen, excepting mixers and 
recorders, and with violating salary 

Conrad Sues Wald 

New York — Con Conrad announces 
he will sue jerry Wald for $250,000, 
claiming the yarn "Radio Romeo," 
sold to Warners, was written by him. 
Wald made a bee-line for the offices 
of Nathan Burkan and placed all his 
worries in that spot. 

Halper Back on Job 

Louis J. Halper, West Coast chief 
for Warner Theatres, has resumed his 
duties at his desk here after a month's 
trip to New York, where he attended 
the Leroy-Warner wedding and p>ol- 
ished off details on theatre business 
at the same time. 

'Little Women' Extended 

Since the words "last days" ap- 
peared in the Chinese advertising, 
business jumped so that Grauman has 
extended the run another week, Janu- 
ary 28 being the closing date now. 

Penner Signs For Three 

New York. — Joe Penner, latest 
comedian to click on the radio, has 
been signed by Meyer Davis- Van Beu- 
ren to a contract for three shorts. 

Meighan Goes Abroad 

New York. — Thomas Meighan sail- 
ed for Europe last night on the Bre- 


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Jan. 20. 1934 

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Less than three thousand people 
showed up at Harry Green's party for 
his baby at the Clover Club . . but 
then he only invited a coupla hun- 
dred . . . and how they cut up! . . . 
May Robson is going East in a few 
days for a personal appearance at the 
Capitol . . . she goes in ahead of Lion- 
el Barrymore. . . . Frederick Hollander, 
who did the music for "The Blue 
Angel," Marlene Dietrich's first big 
flicker, is composing a musical revue 
which he'll produce here with Steffie 
Duna as the star. . . , Eddie Rubin 
(who looks just like brother Benny, 
poor feller!) has given up publicity 
writing for acting entirely — -he's on 
the air with Bruce Cabot tonight too. 
. . . Marie Dressier, out of the house 
again — first time in over a month! . . 
Eddie Coulding, flying East this morn- 
ing to the h)edside of his wife, Mar- 
jorie Moss. 


Didja know that band-leader, Jay 
Whidden, is an ex-cowboy? . . . Mar- 
jorie Lytell (no relation to Bert) ar- 
rives today, after stage successes, to 
work for RKO. . . . That pretty blonde 
you've seen with Woody Van Dyke is 
Ruth Mannix . . . and not someone 
everyone thought it was! . . . Francis 
Lederer was down at the train to meet 
Maurice Chevalier. . . . The Ric Cor- 
tezes are back from Santa Barbara, 
where they were the only guests at 
the hotel, and other spots where the 
waiters should have been arrested for 
loitering! . . . They took six bags of 
clothes and only opened one, played 
some ping pong and rushed back to 
Hollywood — after all, you can be too. 
TOO alone! ... A famous singing 
movie-star is putting on weight daily 
— her repertoire is now enormous! . . 
The Wes Ruggles baby has the whoop- 
ing-cough. . . . Wes and Arline judge 
threw a party the other night for a 
bunch of the bunch. . . . Clara Bow, 
the Skeets Gallaghers, Bebe Daniels, 
Ben Lyon, the Bill Davies. Jack Oakie, 
the Bert Kalmars, the Frank Capras 
; among those there. 
/ "Old Hannibal" is now called "You 
/ Can't Buy Everything" . . . only we 
f don't believe it. . . . May Sunday is in 
a mood to buy everything in sight — • 
and she's doing it. . . . Tamara Geva, 


Metro-Coldwyn-Mayer prod.; director, William Seiter; writers, Frank Craven 

and Byron Morgan. 
Rialto Theatre 

Sun: The film is done well, but this theme muet be brilliantly handled, or fresh- 
ly handled, to make any impression on this department. Last night's 
audience at the Rialto chuckled at various places without laughing espe- 
cially loudly — the way that they should have laughed at a Laurel and 
Hardy comedy. Laurel and Hardy are quite excellent in "Sons of the 
Desert." They are handicapped, principally, by the staleness of the 

Wortd-Telegrami: It's funny enough for two reels. After that, the Messrs. 
Laurel and Hardy cease to be sheiks or shrieks. 

Times: It is funny all the way through. The mournful and witless Mr. Laurel 
and the frustrated Mr. Hardy are just as unfitted for the grim realities as 
they have ever been. There is enough tragedy in the lives of the un- 
happy husbands to hold any student of the higher manifestations of the 
American slapstick. 

lournat: The farcical story is neatly built up and there are plenty of laughs in 
the slapstick gags and the Laurel and Hardy antics. 

Herald-Tribune: It is only fair for me to say that apparently a congress of those 
who disagree with me in the matter was being held at the Rialto Theatre 
yesterday, for the house was crowded with ecstatic delegates who showed 
every sign of regarding themselves as being in an ideal world where there 
were two Chaplins working in one film. 

Cinecolor Process Cets 
Major Shorts Contract 

Contracts for the Cinecolor process 
have been closed for the Willie 
Whopper cartoons for MGM release 
and Educational's "Romantic Jour- 
neys" series for release through Fox. 
P. A. Powers also has closed for his 
Comicolor series. The new business 
is ascribed to a development which has 
enabled Cinecolor to secure the effect 
of three colors. 

Irving Thalberg Assigns 
Rasch to 'Merry Widow' 

/'Irving Thalberg has signed Alber- 
'tina Rasch to work out the dances, 
arrange for the girls and be a general 
help on the making of "The Merry 
Widow" that will star Chevalier under 
the direction of Lubitsch. 

'Death Plays Bridge* Dead 

An unsatisfactory story line has 
made Irving Briskin shelve "Death 
Plays Bridge," a K. S. Daiger story 
which the Columbia producer is to 
revive at a later date on the produc- 
tion schedule. 

Phillips Holmes in N.Y. 

New York. — Phillips Holmes arrived 
here yesterday with plans to depart 
immediately for the coast, where he 
has some picture propositions beckon- 

O'Brien in Frisco 

San Francisco. — George O'Brien, 
screen star, arrived here yesterday for 
a brief visit with his relatives. 

Connie Bennett, Henri de la Falaise, 
Jackie Cooper, Virginia Gilbert, Ethel 
Butterworth, Gloria Swanson, Sandra 
Shaw Cooper, Carl Brisson, Dudley 
Murphy, Shirley Lanfield, Mel Shauer. 
Charlie Beahan lunching at the Ven- 
dome. . . . Harold Grieve and Jetta 
Goudal back in town from Mexico City 
with pullenty to tell! . . . The reason 
you see Mel Shauer around the"Trum- 
pet Blows" set so much is simple. Her 
name is Frances Drake. 

Gibson and Radio 
In Billing Dispute 

Question over billing yesterday 
caused a dispute between Wynne Gib- 
son and Radio. 

Player, set for "Crime Doctor," de- 
manded first billing according to her 
contract unless stars are cast for the 
picture in which event their names 
precede hers. Company is anxious to 
give Otto Kruger, loaned from MGM, 
top billing along with Mary Astor, who 
was signed for the part opposite him. 
Incident promises to make Radio lift 
Miss Astor to star rating in order to 
solve the wrangle. 

Elliott Nugent directs with David 
Lewis at the helm. 

NatM Break on 'Palooka' 

New York. — The theme song of 
"Palooka" will get a record breaking 
simultaneous play over networks on 
January 30, having been selected by 
the National Committee for the Birth- 
day Ball for President Roosevelt. Max- 
son Judell conceived the song, which 
combines a verse by Edgar Guest with 
music by Ferdie Grofe. 

Ryan Tagged by Small 

Ben Ryan has been signed by Ed- 
ward Small to write the dialogue on 
"Count of Monte Cristo." Picture will 
probably be directed by Walter Lang 
when it goes into production some 
time next month. 

Otherwise It's All Right 

In addition to changing the title 
from "The Golden Gate," to "The 
Gentleman From San Francisco," War- 
ners yesterday postponed the start of 
the feature until Monday. Wilhelm 
Dieterle directs. 

Sawdust' for Joe E.' 

Warners yesterday assigned Tom 
Buckingham to script the next Joe E. 
Brown vehicle, "Sawdust." Story with 
a circus background is an original by 
Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby. 

First Acad. Meet 
Plans For Future 

The new committee recently ap- 
pointed by the Academy, of which 
King Vidor is chairman, met for the 
first time yesterday at noon to discuss 
future plans. 

It was decided that the Academy 
would perform in the future as it had 
in the past and plans are now on foot 
to appoint an Awards Committee. 

The annual Academy awards will be 
presented about the middle of March. 

The Academy also reports that a 
number of its members that had wan- 
dered away from the organization dur- 
ing its recent debacle are returning to 
its fold. 

Rowland and Brice 
Col. Deal Is Shaky 

The Rowland and Brice releasing 
deal with Columbia for two pictures is 
up in the air and is expected to be 
called off at any moment, according 
to reports trickling here from New 
York. At the same time it is report- 
ed that the production team is dis- 
cussing a deal wih Radio's New York 

New 'Our Gang' Forms 

Hal Roach yesterday signed Jerry 
Tucker and Wally Albright to the re- 
organized "Our Gang" and will put 
one of the shorts into production to- 
day. Gus Meins directs. Lichtig an<^ 
Englander agency handled. 

N.Y. Business Shot 

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ferent from the $90,000 and $100,- 
000 that have been pretty common 

The Capitol with "Fugitive Lovers" 
ran to $41,600 and the Paramount 
with "Eight Girls in a Boat" did less 
than $40,000. Goldwyn's "Roman 
Scandals" sank to $17,500 in its 
fourth week of the run, and the Strand 
showing "Easy To Love" could not 
count $10,000 for their ticket sales. 

The Seventh Avenue Roxy with the 
British production of "I Was A Spy" 
did okay with $28,300. The Rialto 
with a nine day run on "Sons of the 
Desert" grabbed $16,000. "Myrt and 
Marge" could only last two days at 
the Mayfair and was replaced by "Six- 
ty Fathoms Deep" and the two did 
less than $7,000. 

Next week should see a jump m 
receipts since thousands of school kids 
will be home most of the week be- 
cause of Regent's tests. 

Tutoring Wanted 

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Page Three 


Direction, Cast and 
All Concerned Okay 


Directed by Frank Capra 

Story by Samuel Hopkins Adams 

Adaptation by Robert Riskin 

Photography by Joseph Walker 

Cast: Claudette Colbert, Clark Gable, 
Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns, 
Alan Hale. 

Well, another swell, bang-up grand 
picture has dropped in our midst. It 
is Columbia's "It Happened One 
Night," a charming, human, believ- 
able story, with charming, human, be- 
lievable characters. 

The thing gallops right along, kick- 
ing up its heels in cheerful, frisky joie 
de vivre, and the audience gallops 
right along with it. There's not a 
dull moment, in spite of the fact that 
it runs a good two hours. Undoubt- 
edly some of it near the end will be 
cut, but it is so fine throughout that 
it's a shame it can't all be kept in. 

It is comedy with a kick, drama 
with a punch, and the picture is serv- 
ed with acting and direction that hit 
a new high all their own. 

Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert 
have the parts of their lives. He is a 
newspaper man who helps her to es- 
cape from her father who is bent up- 
on preventing her marriage to a young 
bounder. On their hitch hike from 
Miami to New York, they fall in love 
with each other. Neither Gable nor 
Colbert seem to do any acting. They 
just amble joyfully through the pic- 
ture, being utterly natural and devas- 
tatingly human. And they and the 
picture are blessed with lines that do 
nothing but sparkle. There isn't a 
dull line of dialogue in the whole 
thing, and there isn't a dead charac- 

Walter Connolly is splendid as usu- 
al as Miss Colbert's father, and Ros- 
coe Karns is amusing as a traveling 
salesman. Alan Hale is good in a 
smaller role. Frank Capra's direction 
is like million dollar icing on a per- 
fect cake, and Robert Riskin made a 
brilliant adaptation of Samuel Hopkins 
Adams' story. Joseph Walker's pho- 
tography is worthy of the film, and 
that's saying a lot. 

Do a favor to your audiences, and 
grab this one off for them. It's got 
everything — names, superb acting, 
riotous comedy and perfect direction. 

Lance Sfill Victor 

The motion of J. G. Mayer, Ltd., 
for a new trial in the case of Leo 
Lance and J. C. Mayer, Ltd., for a 
new trial was denied yesterday by 
Judge Pope in Municipal Court, the 
Judge holding there was no basis for 
the motion. Lance was awarded a 
judgment against the agency for com- 
missions due about a month ago. At- 
torney James Houlahan represented 

Couiding on Next Holtz 

Alf Goulding will direct the next 
Lou Holtz short, "Showmanship," for- 

Now It's a Secret 

Washington. — At least three of 
Rosenblatt's friends wired him the 
wise thing when arriving west was 
to get off at Pasadena and avoid 
the delegations. Rosenblatt accept- 
ed the advice. And immediately 
announced to the press associations 
that he would elude all pleaders — 
by getting off at Pasadena. 


Seems Cinch 
For Old Roxy Post 

New York. — The know-it-alls 
around here are of the opinion that 
RKO committed its greatest blunder 
when they let Sam Rothafel out and 
argue that it would have been much 
better had they paid him his salary 
every week just to sit around and 
look. For Roxy, running the Seventh 
Avenue Roxy would not only crimp 
the giant Music Hall, but would put 
the crimper into every house on the 
street, because Roxy has a big fol- 

And it now looks as if the know- 
it-alls, know it all, for indications are 
that Roxy will go back to his old house 
on Seventh Avenue, the first of Feb- 
ruary and then the fur will fly. Not 
only will Roxy go back, but every man 
in the Music Hall that is considered 
of any value, will go with Roxy. 

U' Wants Elissa Landi 
For Lead in 'Clamour* 

Universal is trying to borrow Elissa 
Landi from Columbia for the lead in 
"Glamour" with Paul Lukas and Russ 
Columbo in the male leads. William 
Wyler will direct and Benny Zeidman 
will produce the picture. 

If the studio is successful in secur- 
ing the player, production will not 
start until Miss Landi finishes her 
present picture at Columbia. 

Beany Walker at Para. 

William LeBaron signed H. M. 
Walker yesterday to write the screen 
play of "Hearts and Flowers," Para- 
mount's next starring vehicle for W. 
C. Fields. The DeShon-Naylor office 
set the writer. 

Col. Likes Warner Gal 

Gloria Warner gets her third con- 
secutive assignment at Columbia in 
"Love Detective," Zion Myers' short. 
Walter Kane of the Weber office han- 
dles the player's deals. 

Shelve 'Lottery Lover' 

Fox was unauthoritatively declared 
to have shelved production plans on 
"Lottery Lover," which was to have 
served as a Lilian Harvey picture. 

Del Rio Coming Here 

New York. — Dolores Del Rio leaves 
for the Coast today, ending reports 
that she might go to England imme- 
diately for "Sons of Guns" as a British 

Katherine Brush Sails 

New York. — Katherine Brush, au- 
thor, sails for the Coast today by way 
of the Canal. 

Snappy Dialogue 
And Cast Hi-Lites 

(Warners-First National) 

Directed by Ray Enright 

Screen Play by Warren Duff and 

Sidney Sutherland 

Photography Arthur Todd 

Cast: Joan Blondell, Pat O'Brien, 
Glenda Farrell, Allen Jenkins, 
Eugene Pallette, Henry O'Neill, 
Hobart Cavanaugh, Louise Beav- 
ers, Gordon Westcott, Renee 
Whitney, Selmer Jackson, Robert 

You needn't worry about the phone 
lines on "I've Got Your Number" 
(new listing for "Hell's Bells"). It's 
an action melodrama in good working 
order. Built along routine lines of 
romance combined with a chase, it is 
given especial interest by wise-crack- 
ing characters and a new background. 

Pat O'Brien plays Terry, a repair 
man for the New York telephone sys- 
tem. Combining pleasure with busi- 
ness has become a habit. He fixes 
telephones and dates with equal skill. 
Allen Jenkins trails along, assistant, 
stooge and chaperon combined. His 
apprehensive plea, "Let's get outa 
here!" is a running gag which never 
fails on laughs. 

Joan Blondell as a switchboard girl 
misdirects a call at the request of a 
friend. She thinks it is for a laugh, 
but it tips off a betting deal, and she 
has to leave her job. Terry gets her 
another, and the same racketeers pull 
another job by the simple expedient 
of keeping her busy answering fake 
calls while they get away with the 

The only place where the action 
falls down is when Terry goes alone 
to a house where a mob is hiding. 
There is plenty of suspense, but even 
the engaging dumbell built by O'Brien 
wouldn't be so dumb as all that. 

The whole cast mugs happily and 
heartily, and the audience liked it well 
enough to break out in applause when 
the trouble shooters pile into a car to 
dash to Terry's rescue. 

Shouts of laughter greeted Pat 
O'Brien's lines and business. Joan 
Blondell is excellently cast for the 
hard-boiled phone girl. Glenda Far- 
rell scores from the moment she ap- 
pears as a medium who gets voices 
from the spirit world over the tele- 
phone until she staggers out of a night 
club to give another "reading." 

Eugene Pallette does handsomely by 
the comedy as a permanently infuri- 
ated superintendent. Gordon West- 
cott does nicely by his part of the 
smoothie racketeer, and Louise Beav- 
ers, Hobart Cavanaugh and Renee 
Jackson turn in parts that add to the 
general hilarity. 

Good old action is the keynote of 
this film, but comedy pervades even 
those scenes when Terry is jumping 
off a burning building. 

Crisp, wise-cracking dialogue, Ray 
Enright's sure direction, well chosen 
cast and the interesting inside slant 
on the workings of a telephone sys- 
tem ring the bell for this one as a 
good programmer. 

A great publisher came to town last 
week. He is a distinguished publi- 
cist, high in the councils of the nation, 
through whom civilization and the 
outside world must filter to reach the 
half million souls in his city. 

The plays and the theatres with 
their wit and polish reached out their 
arms to him, the fine restaurants of 
the city tempted him with inspired 
food and the night clubs glittered 
their brightest invitation. 

He had only two nights in New 
York. On the first, he dined at the 
Longchamps, where the vegetables are 
so green. Then he went to the Music 
Hall to see "Flying Down to Rio." 
The next night he didn't know what 
to do. So he had dinner at the Long- 
champs again, and, believe it or not, 
he went to the Music Hall again. 

Some people may think he is 
wrong; his idea is that to edit a paper 
you must be in tune or in step with 
your people. 


Mary Pickford and Max Baer, at 
different marble-topped tables at the 
Madison Cafe, watching Stanley Sac- 
kett spinning around like a squirrel 
caught in the revolving door. . . . Wal- 
ter Winchell playing the new cliche 
game, unable for the life of him to 
think up a dull thing to say. 

A little tot, finishing up a holiday 
afternoon of seeing "Alice in Won- 
derland," sat at a soda fountain. The 
jerker dropped a glass. "Off with 
his head!" she shouted. 

Two advertising agencies were in 
competition for a big contract. The 
account meant a lot of money and a 
lot of distinction. The first agency 
decided that they would turn out a 
swell campaign. They worked on copy 
and they spent a fortune on art. The 
other agency knew a guy, the right 
guy, and let it go at that. 

Earl Carroll Beauts 
Here Next Week 

New York. — Set Hollywood's pal- 
pitating heart at rest and get those 
parades ready. Earl Carroll leaves New 
York Tuesday for the Coast accom- 
panied by his bevy of girls for "Mur- 
der in the Vanities." 

Broadway's sharps are watching 
with interest the contest in showman- 
ship that will be staged by George 
White, at Fox for his "Scandals," and 
Earl Carroll. 

Judith Wood Quits 

Judith Wood, Twentieth Century 
term contract player, has filed a pe- 
tition in bankruptcy through Attorney 
M. L. Rabbit. Action was recorded 
under the player's real name, Helen 

Humberstone Hits Bell 

Lucky Humberstone brought "Mer- 
ry Wives of Reno" in yesterday on 
schedule for Warners, and is off the 
studio payroll following his one-pic- 
ture contract. 

Page Four 


Jan. 20, 1934 

Hays Here Ready for 
Producers' Huddles 

Will Hays arrived in town yester- 
day ready to go into a huddle with the 
production executives on matters to 
come up during the visit of Sol Rosen- 
blatt next week. Despite the wild re- 
ports to the contrary, no producer 
meetings have been held yet and they 
will not be held until next week. 

Hays was happy. "The recent pic- 
tures to make big successes," he said, 
"prove all that picture men have been 
saying for years — the public taste can 
be trusted. It is safer to overrate 
rather than to underrate public intel- 

Radio Re-Unites 

Radio has signed Edna May Oliver 
and James Cleason as the comedy 
team in "Murder on the Blackboard," 
which will be directed by George 
Archainbaud. Radio used the same 
comedy team in their previous murder 
thriller, "Penguin Pool Murder," by 
Stuart Palmer, who authored the other 
one also. 

Weber Can't Drive 

The Los Angeles traffic court yes- 
terday came to the decision that Her- 
bert C. Weber, local agent, is alto- 
gether too fast and revoked his driv- 
ing license. He claims he was only 
nailed for speeding ten times and com- 
plains that he has to hire a chauffeur 
as an alternative. 

Picture Bizness 

Big problem of the executives at 
Universal yesterday was how to get 
an All-American basketball play- 
er now at Columbia studios, for the 
Universal team. Latter studio 
couldn't hire the boy, Columbia put 
him under contract after the first 

Guild Extras Meet 
To Elect Wednesday 

Extras who are affiliating them- 
selves with the Screen Actors' Guild 
will have a chance to lay out their or- 
ganization set up and future plans at 
a meeting called for Wednesday, Jan- 
uary 28, at the Woman's Club, Holly- 

Ann Harding and Morgan Wallace 
of the Guild will be present to start 
the meeting off, but will retire as 
soon as the extras have selected their 
own officers. Only paid up members 
of the Junior Screen Actors' Guild will 
be admitted. 

Freed-Brown Re-Tagged 
Before Contract Expired 

Although the song-writing team of 
Arthur Fried and Nacio Herb Brown 
have until March to go until their 
present contract expires, MGM signed 
the team for another year yesterday. 
At present they are writing the song 
numbers for the Joan Crawford pic- 
ture, "Sadie McKee," and the Jean- 
ette MacDonald pictures, "Duchess of 

Ruth Donnelly and 
Warners Settle Tiff 

A compromise agreement on salary 
yesterday cleared up the situation be- 
tween Ruth Donnelly and Warners, 
both parties shaking hands on a new 
deal which will be signed today. 

Player's old deal expired owing to 
her refusal to take a cut on the in- 
crease then due. The new deal, ne- 
gotiated through William S. Gill, has 
both parties meeting each other half- 
way, Warners offering $900 per week. 
Miss Donnelly asking $1250. 

The player also gets a clause stating 
she will work in only one picture at 
a time, the second such deal since 
that of Aline MacMahon's. Upon sign- 
ing her new ticket today. Miss Don- 
nelly hops off for New York on a 
three week vacation. 

Radio Signs Frawley 

William Frawley has been signed 
by Radio on a one-picture deal for a 
featured role in "Crime Doctor," 
which John Robertson will direct. Otto 
Kruger has the top sp)Ot. 

Thompson on 'Springtime' 

Keene Thompson is now at work 
with Frank Tuttle on the adaptation 
of "Springtime for Henry," the Benn 
Levy play. 

Frank Campbell Dies 

New York. — Frank E. Campbell, 
noted mortician, in whose parlors so 
many screen and stage stars reposed, 
died yesterday in Larchmont, N. Y. 

Studios Yawn For Cash 

(Continued from Page 1 ) 

merely necessary to pick a figure and 
a group of ciphers to wire to New 
York each week for the studio pay- 
roll. Nowadays New York TELLS the 
studio — and tells it in plain language 
a few weeks in advance the very top 
that can be expected from theatre and 
exchange collections. 

Which gives the studio exec a two- 
way headache. First, only the biggest 
of attractions bring back the gravy in 
amounts that cheer a studio man, but 
big pictures in the making drain the 
treasury like a broken dam. 

On the other hand, small time pic- 
tures which can be made for the 
money available show up in the re- 
turns sixty or ninety days later like 
rain drops in the Grand Canyon. 

The result is the present situation 
with stories being postponed, rewrit- 
ten, recast, and everything rather than 
admit the money isn't available. 

But for once the producers are in a 
fairly healthy pHDsition on contract 
commitments, most of the studio 
heads having started to draw in their 
horns on contracts, even for desired 
people, many months ago when they 
were given the definite New >ork or- 
der — "from now on you live out of 

The bulk of the suffering is being 
done by the agents, who rely on the 
overturn of free-lance players, and the 
excess on selling from studio to stu- 
dio on their contract people for their 
gravy. The agents will never want to 
see this January again. 

My profound thanks and sincere 
appreciation to the Warner 
Brothers and their organization 

Roy Del Ruth 


Vol. XIX. No. 9. Price 5c. 


Monday, January 22, 1934 


Wall St. Watches New York Zone Alone Has Over 
".fA^iSfl^"/.!,?! Million and Quarter - Latest 

•THIS idea of playing the production 
year safe is not doing this business 
any good. By playing safe, we mean 
the making of a whole gob of pictures 
and believing that the success of a 
few will make up for the losses of the 
others. That's the wrong idea, be- 
cause it is being proven every day that 
the program attraction is a dud, will 
not earn its cost; accordingly why 
burden the budget with that type pic- 
ture when it is known that hit pic- 
tures will make more money today 
than ever in the history of this indus- 

And we are not so stupid as to 
suggest that every picture can be a 
hit picture; but we will say that there 
will be ten times as many if produc- 
ers set out to make hits and dis- 
continue the practice of putting a pic- 
ture into production because they need 
a picture. 

There is a demand for a lot of pic- 
tures because most of them will not 
stand up for anything resembling an 
engagement. If better pictures are 
made, those pictures will play three 
and four times the number of days, 
and at less cost to the exhibitor, the 
distributor and producer and a greater 

profit for all. 


It's astonishing what a good pic- 
ture will gross today. We mean 
throughout the whole world. And 
there is equal astonishment at how 
little a program flop will take in. Is 
i4 not better to make, say, 12 pic- 
tures at a cost of $6,000,000 to 
$8,000,000 with the possibility of 
grossing from $500,000 to over $1,- 
000,000 each, than to shoot from 
$15,000,000 to $20,00,000 in the 
making of 50 to 60 pictures that will 
not bring back better than the nega- 
tive cost, IF THAT? 

And it's tougher to make program- 
ers than it is hit pictures. It's all 
in the desire to make good pictures 
and take the time and not the ex- 
pense of producing them. Three hit 
pictures will grab more dough than 
60 programers and the effort in the 
making of those programers keeps the 
producers away from making hits, be- 
cause they have not got the time or 
the money. 

No studio should make over 12 pic- 
tures a year. They can't make more 
and make them good. There are not 
enough stories to make more or ar- 
tists to write, direct and play in them. 

very bullish on Loew's, Inc., and ex- 
pects that organization to follow the 
recent Warner statement with excep- 
tionally good earnings. 

There is very heavy buying in Loew's 
stock, indicating that someone is not 
afraid of that big block of overhang- 
ing stock recently purchased by A.T. 
&T. and Chase Bank interests. In fact, 
if some of this is reaching the mar- 
ket, a few more days of the present 
volume of trading will soon absorb the 
660,900 shares split among Film Se- 
curities noteholders. 

First Court- Action on 
NRA By Newark Theatre 

Newark. — The Congress Theatre 
here makes the first court test case 
of the NRA, having gone to the Fed- 
eral courts Saturday for an injunction 
against the rule that if a theatre does 
not express compliance with all rules 
of the NRA it cannot avail itself of 
the machinery for zoning and clear- 
ance disputes. Decision on the in- 
junction will be given today. 

Berman Delays Return 

New York. — Pan Berman delayed 
his return to the Coast to accompany 
Ned Depinet on the journey. He leaves 
New York today and the two will de- 
part from Chicago Tuesday on The 

Three N. Y. Plays Fold 

New York. — Three legit shows 
wended their way to the storehouse 
after Saturday night's performances. 
They are "School for Husbands," 
"Double Door," and "Champagne 

Theater Figures Interesting 

Despite depression and all its woes, and with close to two 
thousand sound equipped theatres closed definitely, the nation is 
still vastly over-seated according to a recapitulation just made 
by Charles C. Pettijohn, through the facilities of the Film Board 

of Trade, as of January 

The New York exchange zone alone, 
for example, shows 1 ,290,644 theatre 
seats yawning for occupants every 
night of the week. Philadelphia is an- 
other shining example of over-seating, 
having 663,169 chairs to fill, prac- 
tically as much as Chicago with 663,- 
845, despite the vast difference in 
their exchange ratings. 

The total of the country's theatres 
still hovers about the 18,000 mark, 
(Continued on Page 7) 

Gallant Lady' Is 
TopsatN.Y. Rivoli 

New York. — The opening day on 
the Twentieth Century production of 
"Gallant Lady" did a land office busi- 
ness at the Rivoli here, topping all 
other opening days for quite a period 
with a take of $7,61 3. 

Sam Coldwyn's "Roman Scandals" 
held the top spot with $7364 for 
opening; "The Bowery" followed in 
receipts with $7122, offering a con- 
clusion that in "Gallant Lady" United 
Artists has another big hit attraction. 

Wilcoxon in N.Y. Tuesday 

New York. — Harry Wilcoxon, slat- 
ed to be DeMille's Antony, arrives 
here tomorrow on the Majestic. 


The Guilds are not waiting on the 
arrival of Administrator Rosenblatt to 
swing into action. In a joint state- 
ment issued last night the Writers' 
and Actors' Guilds branded recent 
publicity concerning the revival of the 
Academy as proving the latter body 
"producer-conceived and producer- 
controlled," and that while it might 
represent directors and producers it 
would in no way speak for the writers 
and actors. The statement reads in- 
to recent Academy news an attempt 
to block the two employee groups in 
dealing with the NRA authorities. 

U' Lifts on Pryor 

Universal will lift Roger Pryor's op- 
tion when it comes up February 6. 
Player is scheduled to go into "If I 
Was Rich" as his next for the plant. 
He has been seen in "Moonlight and 
Pretzels" and "I Like It That Way." 

*RosyV Frau Accompanies 

Chicago. — Administrator Sol Ros- 
enblatt was joined here by his wife 
and she will accompany him on his ten 
days coast stay. Rosenblatt arrives on 
the Chief today, alighting at Pasadena, 
and going to the Beverly-Wilshire. 

'Pompeii' In Color 
Big Radio Special 

Radio will shoot the works on "The 
Last Days of Pompeii," one of the 
b'ggest productions ever to come out 
of that studio, which will personally 
be supervised by Merian C. Cooper. 
The story will be adapted to the screen 
from Bulwer Lytton's book. The pro- 
duction will be made in Technicolor. 
No director, writer or cast has yet 
been decided, but Cooper promises an 
all star cast. 

This story was produced as a silent 
picture about fifteen years ago by an 
Italian film company. 

jock' Whitney Here For 
Conferences with Cooper 

John Hay Whitney slipped into 
town cu etiy Saturday morning by 
train. Whitney, the head of Pioneer 
Pictures, will remain here one week to 
confer with Merian C. Cooper on the 
story and production plans of his first 

Warner Attorney Coming 

New York. — Harold S. Bareford, 
Harry Warner's attorney and alternate 
on the Code Authority, left for the 
Coast Friday to confer with Harry 
Warner, leaving that organization un- 
represented on the code body at to- 
morrow's meeting. 

Set 'Little Women' in Lon. 

London — "Little Women" is sched- 
uled for its London run at the Regal 
Theatre, following in after the run of 
"Voltaire," which is still holding up 
strong with the great Arliss draw. 

joe Schenck Returning 

London. — Joe Schenck sailed on 
the Majestic Saturday for New York. 
Before leaving stated that he expect- 
ed to remain in New York about ten 
days, proceeding then to the Coast. 


Page Two 

Ian. 22. 1934 


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This should slay you — and make 
you as mad as it did us about the dea. 
that Lee Tracy seems to be getting, 
undeservedly! Harold Grieve, just re- 
turned from several weeks in Mexico 
City, reports that pictures starring or 
featuring Lee Tracy are running there 
just as though nothing had happened! 
So you can't help wondering just what 
did happen — if anything! What is 
more, Lee's pictures in some spots are 
bailyhooed to the skies — and taxi- 
drivers, bell-hops, etc., who always 
know all about everything, say there 
isn't any feeling against the actor 
there at ail — in fact, they "don't 
know what it's ail about"! How d'ya 
like THAT? 


The Charlie Beahans have post- 
poned the divorce proceedings and will 
try a "trial separation" indefinitely. 
Sidney remains at the Chateau Elysee, 
while Charlie will eat breakfast at the 
Bel-Air mansion. 


Something new in parties was the 
"Hangover Soiree" thrown by Carole 
Lombard the other night. She bor- 
rowed Bill Powell's house and con- 
verted it into a perfect replica of the 
interior of a hospital! The living room 
furniture was replaced with hospital 
cots; the servants were dressed as in- 
ternes and the guests were furnished 
with doctors' aprons. The menus 
were printed like hospital bulletins on 
ailing patients, the food was served 
on an operating table, and the eating 
implements included everything from 
surgical knives to forceps! The drinks 
were poured from youguesswhat; and 
the delicacies were passed around in 
well — you can imagine! It was a per- 
fect setting for the way everybody 
felt — but some of the gags made it a 
howling success! 


'Way back, before the depression, 
Al Jolson called up an architect one 
day and said, "I wanna house in Palm 

"What kind of a house?" asked the 
blueprint man. 

"Oh — about a hundred thousand 
dollar house!" said Al. 

Came the dog days — and the plans 
were thrown in the scrap-basket. But 
now that the clouds that Al warbles 


British-Caumont prod.; director, Victor Saville; writer, Martha McKenna. 

Roxy Theatre 

(ournal: "I Was a Spy," at the Roxy Theatre this week, is a remarkably inter- 
esting film. It was made by British-Caumont, and the English studios 
have here another production that stands well above the average. 

Herald-Tribune: A spy picture, exciting enough to stir the audience yesterday 
afternoon to cheers and hisses. It is convincing, colorful, fast and has 
suspense. Mr. Victor Saville deserves high praise for his artistic and 
workmanlike direction. 

Mirror: A stunning war melodrama; an impressive and exhilarating film, staged 
with a taste and conviction unusual in spy films. 

Times: The espionage activities are set forth with a praiseworthy degree of 
plausibility and the necessary dramatic impact. The picture can well 
boast of its cast, for among the players are Madeleine Carroll, Herbert 
Marshall and Conrad Veidt. 

News: The picture is slightly confusing at the beginning, as one isn't quite 
sure whether the soldiers in the hospital are meant to be English or Ger- 
man, and a little too much film is used up before the design of the pic- 
ture is apparent. As the story begins to take form one becomes en- 
thralled by it as the plot is masterfully worked out by director and actors 
on the screen. 

Sun: "I Was a Spy" offers such genuineness in various episodes, in its general 
look and feeling that i don't mind the lack of climactic story telling. But 
audiences in this country will, I fear. There is so much that is so fine 
in "I Was a Spy" that you and you and you ought to help it. 

Post: Here, for once, is a war spy film that is simple, direct and wholly believ- 
able; free from the theatricalism and shoddy dramatics which have previ- 
ously characterized the screen attempts to portray the work of spies in 
wartime. It is Conrad Veidt who dominates the picture. His is the 
apogee of distinguished acting. If you want to see the cinema at its best, 
don't fail to visit the Roxy this week. 

World-Telegram: The British studios have given usTnother fine film — one of 
the finest that has come this way in mpnths. It is skillfully adapted for 
the screen by W. P. Lipscomb, directed magnificently by Victor Saville 
and played flawlessly by a cast that includes Madeleine Carroll, Herbert 
Marshall and Conrad Veidt. The British films have suddenly become defi- 
nitely alive and vital. 

Angel and Baxter 
Team For Lasky 

Heather Angel is set for a co-star- 
ring assignment with Warner Baxter 
in Jesse L. Lasky's "Grand Canary," 
according to the Fox producer's pres- 
ent plans. It will be the first time that 
this team has been placed together. 

Irving Cummings is discussing the 
directorial assignment and is expected 
to be spotted into the production on 
Lasky's return from his trip to Havana. 
Dudley Nichols is shaping the A. J. 
Cronin story into a screen play. 

Roosevelt Order Opens 
Door For Film Indies 

Washington. — Decision of the Pres- 
ident to allow the Federal Trade Com- 
mission and the Department of Jus- 
tice to handle complaints by small 
business men opens the way for Al- 
lied Exhibitors and other opponents of 
the code as drawn to get recognition 
without having their appeals entirely 
in the hands of Rosenblatt and John- 

'Nana' Shows Tomorrow 

New York. — Trade shows on 
"Nana" will be held throughout the 
country on January 23, with the ex- 
ception of New York, where the pic- 
ture is scheduled for an early opening 
at the Music Hall. 

about are inside out, and the linings 
are practically gold, he and Ruby are 
looking over a brand new set and will 
start building any minute. 

Jewell and Pendleton 

Added to 'Louisiana' 

Isabel Jewell and Nat Pendleton 
are the latest additions to the cast of 
"In Old Louisiana," which gets under 
way today at MGM. The cast includes 
Jean Parker, Robert Young, Lupe Ve- 
lez, Ted Healy, Maude Eburne and 
Warner Oland. 

George B. Seitz is directing from 
the original script by Lucien Hubbard, 
who is supervising. 

A.S.C. Meets Tonight 

The general meeting of the A.S.C. 
called for tonight meets at the Holly- 
wood Chamber of Commerce building. 
The members will hear the terms of 
the new agreement between the So- 
ciety and the producers, this being the 
agreemnt attacked by the lATSE on 
the ground it constitutes a closed 
shop for a company union. 

British Author Coming 

New York. — On his way to visit 
Leslie Howard in Hollywood, R. H. 
Bruce Lockhart, author of "British 
Agent," arrives in New York January 
30. Howard will star in the Warner 
version of the book. A lecture tour is 
also planned. 

Empire Films Change Pres. 

Toronto. — Arthur W. Perry, for- 
mer Ontario branch manager of Em- 
pire Films, Ltd., has succeeded Eman- 
uel Brown as president of that organi- 
zation, the latter having resigned. 
Ernie Geyer, publicity director, has also 

Pickford in Person 
A Smash in Boston 

Boston. — The personal appearance 
of Mary Pickford at the Metropolitan 
Theatre here broke the all time house 
record for an opening day. Never in 
the history of the town has there been 
such a demand for admissions. 

Miss Pickford is using the same 
sketch, "The Church Mouse," that 
was used in New York and Chicago 
for her personal and the audience 
since opening Friday has voiced a most 
enthusiastic approval. 

Mary now has offers to play in al- 
most every important picture house 
in the country and is considering call- 
ing off the Broadway play that has 
been planned for her after the pres- 
ent engagement. 

'U* Tries Innovation 
In Making NY Tests 

New York. — Universal is trying an 
innovation in the making of tests 
on New York stage people for submis- 
sion to the studio. 

The company has bought the rights 
to "Boom," a one-act playlet by David 
Freedman, which will be used as a 
standard screen test for all prospective 
Universal players. Freedman is now 
putting it into script form. 

MGM Wants Bainter 

Back For More Pics 

MGM is negotiating for Fay Bain- 
ter to return to the coast for more | 
pictures. Immediately after the ac- 
tress finished her role in "It Happened 
One Day," she hopped a train for New 
York to go in "Dodsworth" with Wal- 
ter Huston. She will return to Holly- 
wood after the run of the play, it is 

SMPE Drives for Members 

New York. — The Society of Mo- 
tion Picture Engineers is putting on a 
drive for new members, reducing 
membership fees all along the differ- 
ent classifications. 

Frank Craven Due Today 

Frank Craven arrives in town today 
on the Chief after a month's vacation 
in New York. The writer finished his 
new play on that trip. 


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Page Three 


'Easy to Love' Not 
So Easy to Take 

Excellent Writing 
And Fine Direction 

(20i'h Century-United Artists) 

Directed by William Wellman 

From Story by J. R. Bren 

Screen Play by Leonard Praskins 

and Elmer Harris 
Photography by.. ..James Van Trees, Jr. 
Cast: Spencer Tracy, Constance Cum- 
mings. Jack Oakie, Morgan Con- 
way, Arline Judge, Judith Wood,. 
Paul Harvey, Joseph Sauers, 
Franklyn Ardell. 
In the full swing of the Zanuck 
stride of pictures with action, humor 
and plenty of the well-known audi- 
ence appeal comes "Looking for Trou- 
ble," that is not only foursquare, 
forthright melodrama but gives forth 
the team of Spencer Tracy and Jack, 
Oakie (and that's a team that should 
incorporate immediately), plus plenty 
of mirth-quaking dialogue. All of 
which makes it a production that 
can't miss being a hit picture. 

Still on the lookout for the human 
interest story and the punch in every 
day drama, Zanuck has put on the 
screen the story of the "trouble-shoot- 
ers" of the telephone company. Those 
boys who go out in wind, sleet, rain 
and storm so that your voice 
may come tripping over the wires with 
bell-like clarity at any time of day and 
night. And these seemingly simple 
repair duties manage to involve every- 
thing from tracing the source of wire- 
tapping to solving murders, with an 
earthquake thrown in for good meas- 
ure. Actually it's just the story of 
one of these trouble-shooters and the 
bumpy course his true love takes for 
an information girl. But the trim- 
mings — ^boyoboy. they've thought of 
everything and then some which would 
look kinda silly in print but actually 
presents a well-knit dramatic story. 

As was said before, Tracy and Oakie 
are a team. Not only that, they're 
the whole picture and they are swell. 
They never crab each other's scenes 
nor cramp each other's styles and both 
the boys have the gift of playing com- 
edy and drama and knowing where to 
use them. Arline Judge is a grand 
foil for Jack Oakie, as the girl who 
just can't wait to learn all about 
Azuza as OakHe knows and practices 
it. That gal is going places with those 
fresh looks and nienty of personality 
and she can be slightly hard-boiled 
without any trace of toughness. Con- 
stance Cummings is Spencer Tracy's 
gal — with no great effect. William 
Wellman has given the picture the 
pace it needs and he sticks to good old 
fashioned moving pictures throughout 
and it is a distinct relief from the 
drawing-room technique. And the 
photography does wonders especially 
for the leading lady. 

J. R. Bren has written a swell yarn 
made a hundred percent better by 
some of the snappiest dialogue writ- 
ten by Leonard Praskins and Elmer 
Harris we have heard for many a day. 
There's no need to worry about 
exploitation angles with this produc- 
tion. The picture is just full of them 
and teems with suggestions for all 
kinds of effective tie-ups with which 
the telephone companies in the vari- 

Preview Cards 

MGM.riceived the prize preview 
card of( its production of "A Big 
Dayr^ It remarked: "Your card, 
as well as your film, needs re- 
writing." And the critic underlin- 
ed on the printed cards the words 
expressed in capitals: 

"What is your opinion of the 
picture previewed this evening? 
The Producers are anxious to know 
AS they realize that the public ARE 
the final JUDGES. Kindly fill out 
the card and mail. Thank you. 
Me tro-Goldwyn - Mayer. " 

*U' Turning Down 
Offers For Stuart 

Universal is turning down all com- 
ers on loan-out deals for Gloria Stuart, 
shielding the player for their own pur- 
poses. Studio turned down Radio's re- 
quest for the player who was wanted 
for a featured role in "Crime Doctor," 
declaring she was set for a role in 
"Where's Brown." 

At the same time Universal is work- 
ing with Radio on a deal to borrow 
William Cargan for "If I Was Rich," 
which Henry Henigson is producing 
under Edward Ludwig's direction. 

'Catherine' Clicks 
At Paris Premiere 

Paris. — "Catherine the Great" was 
given its premiere here Friday night 
and seems to bear out the predictions 
of London, who saw it at the trade 
show last week. The critics assert it 
ranks well with "Henry the Eighth" 
and surpasses it in dramatic climax. 

The audience was one of the most 
distinguished ever assembled for a film 
premiere here. 

Indie Unit Shelves Plan 
To Make 'Harbor Patrol' 

The MacCowan-Ludington unit has 
shelved its plans to produce "Harbor 
Patrol," the Robert MacGowan story 
which Clarence Badger had been an- 
nounced to direct.